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June 23, 2009



You imply that something illegal or wrong was in progress here. There is no requirement to report a chemical spill to fire and hazmat teams if it is contained, under control, and qualified personnel are available to clean it up. There is also no requirement to shut down an entire facility to clean up a small chemical spill, so continuing with business was perfectly appropriate as long as the spill area was secured from the public. And the hazmat workers are certainly under no obligation to "comment" on the cleanup. Mercury at health care facilities is typically in small quantities, either in thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, etc. The 55 gallon drums you saw were probably filled with contaminated items, not bulk mercury. I don't know whether Cambridge Health Alliance is aware of your defamatory post, but it would certainly interest them.

Bill Tauro

Dear Chris:
In any community even the smallest spill of any sort of hazardous material should and is required to be reported by to the proper authorities!
Thank you for your concern in this matter.

Best regards,

Bill Tauro

Ps: It happened because I was there!
Have a nice day!

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