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EPA office evacuated after report of gas release

Posted April 24, 2013

Offices of the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park were briefly evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a release of chlorine dioxide.

No injuries or illnesses were reported.

A spokeswoman for the agency said 31 contractors and five employees were in the High Bay building when it was evacuated about 11:30 a.m. after a monitoring system detected a gas leak in a laboratory and sounded an alarm.

The workers were allowed back inside after the Durham Fire Department investigated and said the building was safe.

The spokeswoman said the EPA is conducting research on the decontamination capabilities of chlorine dioxide to help the United States respond to emergencies that involve hazardous chemicals.


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  • katzlover Apr 24, 2013

    This morning at around 11:30 AM there was a small chlorine gas leak at the High Bay building, which was detected by the building automation system. The leak triggered an alarm resulting in the evacuation of the building. The fire department was dispatched as outlined in the health and safety plan. Federal employees and contractors were allowed back in the building after the leak was contained and the laboratory was cleared.

    The incident was reported incorrectly by local news outlets and there was never any threat to the campus. All emergency operation procedures were enacted appropriately and building warning systems functioned properly.

  • Ex-Republican Apr 24, 2013

    EPA is a joke since they classified CO2 as a pollutant. Imagine, every time you or I breathe we could be fined for polluting. That is just absurd beyond belief.

  • yankee1 Apr 24, 2013

    How ironic that the pollution police would pollute their own office? You can't make this stuff up. Count on your Government folks, they'll take care of you! ROFL!!!

  • ncpilot2 Apr 24, 2013

    Perhaps for one brief, fleeting moment, they knew what it felt like to be forced out of their workplace, like many of their silly policies, not based on any real science, have done to Americans all over the country.

  • woodrock223 Apr 24, 2013

    i think i'd call in sick the rest of the week, give the building time to air out

  • Brian Jenkins Apr 24, 2013

    The irony....

  • SomeRandomGuy Apr 24, 2013

    Probably not, but Durham County may fine them.

  • randdjacobs Apr 24, 2013

    I wonder if they will fine and/or penalize themselves????