Anthrax-Contaminated Facilities: Preparations and a Standard for Remediation [December 16, 2005] [open pdf - 81KB]
"Bacillus anthracis, the cause of the anthrax disease, was released into the United States postal system in autumn 2001, resulting in five deaths and contaminating several public and private facilities. Remediation costs were significant. Subsequently, extant federal procedures and policies were clarified and augmented, and new procedures and policies were created to fill identified gaps...The criterion (not the standard) for determining a successful remediation has been and remains zero growth of anthrax surrogates from all postremediation samples. In conjunction with the recommendations above, and given remediation experience since 2001, it may not be necessary to develop a remediation standard because consistently achieving the zero-growth remediation criterion appears possible and would likely be demanded by stakeholders. This report will be updated as warranted."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33191