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Officials to discuss anthrax cleanup

(Published September 23, 2002)

Plans for the pending decontamination of the District’s main post office and mail sorting facility will be presented during a community meeting on Sept. 26.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Elstad Auditorium on the campus of Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. Parking will be available behind the auditorium.

Among officials expected to be present at the meeting to answer questions from residents and businesses are Marcos A. Aquino, the on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Removal response Team; Peter LaPorte, director of the D.C. Emergency Management Agency; Thomas Day, vice president of engineering for the U.S. Postal Service; a representative of the D.C. Department of Health; and elected officials.

The Brentwood Road NE postal facility has been closed and sealed since mid-October 2001, after two postal workers died from inhaling deadly anthrax spores that leaked from letters sent to federal government officials. The letters were processed through the Brent-wood facility before being delivered.

Congress recently voted to name the Northeast Washington post office in memory of Thomas Morris and Joseph Curseen, the two workers who died.

Copyright 2002, The Common Denominator