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Postal building free of anthrax

U.S. Postal Service officials said Tuesday that thousands of samples taken from the air and on surfaces inside the shuttered Brentwood Road postal facility in Washington showed no signs of anthrax spores, and they were taking the first steps to prepare the building for occupation sometime this summer. The results of the samples demonstrate that the Dec. 14 fumigation of Washington’s central mail processing site, which has been closed since the October 2001 anthrax attacks that killed two postal workers, was a success, said Thomas Day, the Postal Service’s vice president for engineering. “We are very confident that we have a building that is anthrax-free,” said Day. Crews took 5,029 air and surface samples following the fumigation, and all showed “100 percent no growth” of anthrax spores, Day said. The results will be reviewed by an independent committee of 12 academic, government and private sector experts. Full Story

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