Asbestos release briefly closes House side of Capitol

McClatchy Washington BureauJuly 10, 2014 

The U.S. Capitol

TISH WELLS — McClatchy

The House side of the U.S. Capitol was closed briefly Thursday morning so a hazardous materials team could deal with an asbestos spill.

Most of the House part of the Capitol reopened to members, media and staff around 9 a.m., and the chamber is expected to convene as scheduled an hour later. There had been some talk about an alternate location.

According to a statement by Capitol police, “The East Grand Staircase on the House side of the U.S. Capitol Building from floors 1 through 3 and room H-324 will remain closed until further notice. The rest of the House side of the U.S. Capitol Building will return to normal operations, including tours of the U.S. Capitol.”

The Architect of the Capitol’s office described the incident: “During ongoing asbestos abatement work there was a potential release affecting the House side of the Capitol. Samples have been collected to determine whether there was potential exposure. AOC and USCP (Capitol police) are investigating and will provide updates when available.”

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