Anthrax cleanup a problem; university labs checked for bioterror risks
Anthrax, its cleanup on Capitol Hill and the threat it poses to homeland security continues to top domestic concerns. Federal officials have announced that the elaborate anthrax sanitizing process at the Hart Senate Office Building did not remove all the contamination.
Federal officials also have begun inspecting university labs throughout the United States to assess the security of biological samples and computer data.
Environmental Protection Agency workers fumigated the Hart building with chlorine dioxide gas, which had never been used in such a large-scale effort before, officials said.
Preliminary results indicated the anthrax cleanup was not completely effective, Capitol Police Lt. Dan Nichols said. Nichols said further efforts would be made to remove anthrax contamination, probably using a liquid form of chlorine dioxide. He said he did not know when that process would begin.
Chlorine dioxide liquid already has been used successfully to clean up some isolated spots of contamination in other sections of the building. (Full story)
A team from the inspector general's office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun inspecting facilities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to determine the security of biological samples. The investigation "could last up to four weeks," said Tom Curtis, a university spokesman. "It amounts to an audit."
The inspections mark a new and extensive campaign by the federal government to eliminate the risk of future bioterror attacks. More than 200 universities are registered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform research on potentially dangerous viruses and bacteria. (Full story)
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The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks.
WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, the death toll is 3,040. That figure includes 2,545 people who are missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes; 487 bodies have been identified.
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The attacks of September 11 have sparked new debate about balancing the protection of U.S. citizens with the protection of the civil rights of those suspected of terrorism.
While the United States is proud of the freedoms and the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution, authorities and many citizens have argued those people who seek to destroy America do not deserve such protections while they represent an ongoing threat to the country.
While those arguments continue, so do the threats against U.S. interests. Security remains high at airports, certain industries and many government facilities.
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