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Lieberman Seeks Investigation of Ricin Response   [open pdf - 41KB]

Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., asked for an investigation into troubling Postal Service and law enforcement delays in responding to the discovery of a letter containing the poison ricin at a Greenville, S.C., postal facility. Lieberman said he would ask the General Accounting Office to determine why no concerted effort to monitor postal employees' health was made immediately after the envelope, containing the word "ricin" on it, was discovered; why the envelope was not immediately transferred to the Centers for Disease Control for testing; and why the facility was not tested for contamination until a week after the suspicious package was discovered. The GAO is currently analyzing, at Lieberman's request, the handling of the anthrax attacks at all affected postal facilities. Lieberman said he would ask GAO to expand its investigation to include a look at the circumstances surrounding the Greenville ricin incident.

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2003-10-24
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