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The following is a list of news releases about the event from most to least recent.

DOE News Release – Incident Alert

Date: Aug. 25, 2009
Time: 2:35 p.m.
#4

No injuries, radiological or hazardous release detected from INL incident

Emergency responders are standing down at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. The incident was at the Materials and Fuels Complex, approximately 33 miles west of Idaho Falls.

Here is the new information confirmed at this time:

· The cylinder is now in a safe condition and the MFC facility is continuing an investigation of the event.
· A hazardous materials team found no contamination in the affected facility and air quality samples showed no evidence of hazardous material escaping the building.
· MFC employees are no longer being advised to stay inside and the minority of employees who were evacuated have now returned to work. Field workers are also free to return to the area.

This photograph shows a cylinder similar to the one in question, which is about 18 inches long and 1.5 inches in diameter.

Information reported in previous news releases:

· Around 11 a.m. today, a cylinder containing a non-radiological material was dropped and may have leaked.
· The cylinder is suspected to contain a toxic gas that can cause irritation and damage to skin, eyes or lungs on contact.
· Individuals who were in the immediate area are receiving medical evaluations.
· Eleven buildings at INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex have been evacuated to put employees at least 200 meters away from the area.
· All other MFC employees have been advised to stay inside, and field workers have been advised via page to stay away from the area.
· A hazardous materials team is assessing the situation and monitoring air samples.
· Eight Idaho Cleanup Project employees and one Idaho National Laboratory employee who were in the immediate area of the incident have received medical evaluations and have been cleared to return to work.
· There is no anticipated danger to the general public.
· An estimated 665 employees are working at the MFC site today.
· Workers on the scene have reported that the cylinder was not dropped but began leaking when it was moved.

INL emergency organizations are no longer responding to the incident. State, county and tribal officials have been notified. For more information, contact the phone numbers below.

Media Information: (208) 526-9206
Public Information: (208) 526-5042

News releases are posted on INL’s Web site at http://www.inl.gov/
For more information about INL, visit our Web site at www.inl.gov

 

DOE News Release – Incident Alert

Date: Aug. 25, 2009
Time: 1:45 p.m.
#3

No employees injured during leaking cylinder incident at INL

A facility incident is occurring at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. The incident is at the Materials and Fuels Complex, approximately 33 miles west of Idaho Falls.

Here is the new information confirmed at this time:

· Eight Idaho Cleanup Project employees and one Idaho National Laboratory employee who were in the immediate area of the incident have received medical evaluations and have been cleared to return to work.
· There is no anticipated danger to the general public.
· An estimated 665 employees are working at the MFC site today.
· Workers on the scene have reported that the cylinder was not dropped but began leaking when it was moved.

Information reported in previous news releases:

· Around 11 a.m. today, a cylinder containing a non-radiological material was dropped and may have leaked.
· The cylinder is suspected to contain a toxic gas that can cause irritation and damage to skin, eyes or lungs on contact.
· Individuals who were in the immediate area are receiving medical evaluations.
· Eleven buildings at INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex have been evacuated to put employees at least 200 meters away from the area.
· All other MFC employees have been advised to stay inside, and field workers have been advised via page to stay away from the area.
· A hazardous materials team is assessing the situation and monitoring air samples.

INL emergency organizations are responding to the incident. State, county and tribal officials have been notified. INL’s Emergency Operations Center is now gathering information about the incident. As soon as details can be obtained and confirmed, information will be provided to the media.

INL’s emergency Joint Information Center at the Engineering Research Office Building, 2525 Fremont Ave., Idaho Falls, is being activated to answer questions. Media should call (208) 526-9206, not your regular INL contacts. Employees and the public can call (208) 526-5042.

Media Information: (208) 526-9206
Public Information: (208) 526-5042

For more information about INL, visit our Web site at www.inl.gov

 

DOE News Release – Incident Alert

Date: Aug. 25, 2009
Time: 12:47 p.m.
#2

Update regarding incident occurring at Idaho National Laboratory

A facility incident is occurring at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. The incident is at the Materials and Fuels Complex, approximately 33 miles west of Idaho Falls.

Here is the information that has been confirmed at this time:

· Around 11 a.m. today, a cylinder containing a non-radiological material was dropped and may have leaked.
· The cylinder is suspected to contain a toxic gas that can cause irritation and damage to skin, eyes or lungs on contact.
· Individuals who were in the immediate area are receiving medical evaluations.
· Eleven buildings at INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex have been evacuated to put employees at least 200 meters away from the area.
· All other MFC employees have been advised to stay inside, and field workers have been advised via page to stay away from the area.
· A hazardous materials team is assessing the situation and monitoring air samples.

INL’s Emergency Operations Center is now gathering information about the incident. As soon as details can be obtained and confirmed, information will be provided to the media.

INL emergency organizations are responding to the incident. State, county and tribal officials have been notified.

INL’s emergency Joint Information Center at the Engineering Research Office Building, 2525 Fremont Ave., Idaho Falls, is being activated to answer questions. Media should call (208) 526-9206, not your regular INL contacts. Employees and the public can call (208) 526-5042.

-INL-

Media Information: (208) 526-9206
Public Information: (208) 526-5042

News releases are posted on INL’s Web site at http://www.inl.gov/
For more information about INL, visit our Web site at www.inl.gov


 

DOE News Release – Incident Alert

Date: Aug. 25, 2009
Time: 11:46 a.m.
#1

Incident occurring at Idaho National Laboratory – information being gathered at Emergency Operations Center

A facility incident is occurring at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. The incident is at the Materials and Fuels Complex approximately 33 miles west of Idaho Falls.

INL’s Emergency Operations Center is now gathering information about the incident. As soon as details can be obtained and confirmed, information will be provided to the media.

INL emergency organizations are responding to the incident. State, county and tribal officials are being notified.

INL’s emergency Joint Information Center at the Engineering Research Office Building, 2525 Fremont Ave., Idaho Falls, is being activated to answer questions. Media should call (208) 526-9206, not your regular INL contacts. Employees and the public can call (208) 526-5042.

-INL-

Media Information: (208) 526-9206
Public Information: (208) 526-5042

News releases are posted on INL’s Web site at http://www.inl.gov/
For more information about INL, visit our Web site at www.inl.gov

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