Three Saratoga County men have been charged with illegally disposing of a piece of radioactive equipment that had been removed from the former Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge.

The trio were charged with illegally disposing of radioactive material and operating a solid waste management facility without a permit after an investigation found that a “calibration source” removed from the hospital before it closed in 2003 had been buried in the floor of a Halfmoon home.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said the device gave off low levels of radiation and had been recovered and disposed of properly. The device was not believed to have caused any health threats to neighbors or residents in the area.

Charged were the following:

* Edward Kenelly, 76, of Tupelo Drive, Clifton Park. He was the contractor who removed the device from the hospital and under whose home it was buried.

* Arthur Martin, 32, of Thimbleberry Road, Malta

* Steven Pieniazek, 21, of Jack Halloran Road, Stillwater

Martin and Pieniazek were hired by Kenelly to help him bury the device in concrete under his home.

All three were released, pending prosecution in Halfmoon Town Court.

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