Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hazmat Workers Drill into Old Container Causing Flash at Los Alamos Laboratory; Reverse-911 Telephone Calls Warned Residents To Stay Indoors

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By Anne Constable

     Hazardous waste workers inside a sealed enclosure at Los Alamos National Laboratory drilled into an old container releasing an unknown gas that flashed on contact with the air, according to Kevin Roark a laboratory spokesperson, who had just returned from the site. He said the containers under investigation at the time looked like "old fire extinguishers."

A hazardous materials team was dispatched to Material Disposal Area B, LANL's oldest hazardous waste area on the east edge of the town site. A Los Alamos County emergency official sent out a reverse-911 telephone call warning residents. DP Road across from the dump was closed, and occupants of businesses along the road were asked to stay inside. No injuries were reported and an all-clear was sounded about two hours later. . . .

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