A leak in the sterilization plant that treats liquid waste from Fort Detrick's research laboratories is being repaired, according to a statement released Thursday.
The leak in Detrick's Steam Sterilization Plant was discovered last week in the wake of recent flooding, the release stated. Preliminary reports suggest the heavy rainfall filled the tank beyond its capacity which created a leak in the plant's concrete containment wall.
The storage tanks hold chemically disinfected wastewater from Detrick labs prior to sterilization.
Fort Detrick has taken "necessary precautions" to ensure the safety of its employees and the surrounding community, including notifying local, state and federal officials and working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of the Environment, the release stated.
The U.S. Army for Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has temporarily stopped its Biosafety Levels 3 and 4 operations until the sterilization plant resumes activity.