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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

July 16, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Merck is trying to sell the 1000 acre site and facility they no longer operate in Dougherty County, but before they can, they have a lot of clean up to do.

An in ground water treatment system apparently developed leaks at the site and has contaminated some of the water in the area. Georgia's Environmental Protection Division has ordered them to clean up the area which could take up to a decade. Merck is about to launch a marketing campaign to sell the facility and land.

EDC Vice President Andrea Schruijer said, "Merck will take on the responsibility of making sure that the facility, or the contaminated areas are cleaned and that process is going to take 8-10 years."

Merck can sell the facility while in the clean up process, but the new owner would take on the liability for the contamination.

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