Brentwood postal facility to undergo anthrax removal
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Postal Service will outline a plan Tuesday to rid the Brentwood Postal Facility of any remaining anthrax using the same process that was used to clean the Hart Senate Office Building of the bacteria, postal officials tell CNN.
One official said the beginning is "not imminent" but could begin within weeks or months.
Two anthrax-laced letters were processed at the Brentwood facility in October. It was closed soon afterward and has remained shut since.
Two of the facility's postal workers died of inhalation anthrax, and two other employees contracted anthrax and recovered.
Chlorine dioxide, the same gas used to clean the Hart Senate Office Building, which was also contaminated with anthrax, will be pumped into Brentwood to rid the building of any remaining bacteria.
Postal representatives said the timing of the cleanup depends on the completion of a preparatory phase already under way, and requires getting a contractor, delivering materials, securing permits, talking to community leaders and securing the facility.
Officials would not estimate how long the decontamination might take.
Weather could complicate the cleanup. The Hart cleanup was delayed because the humidity in the building was too high for the gas to be effective.
After the decontamination is complete, samples from the building will be checked for remnants of anthrax.
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