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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. 

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Now let’s think about this situation. I remember at a time growing up in this county that each time there was a reported increase viral or bacterial illness in the area, it was pointed out that Fort Detrick was the possible explanation having potentially leaked airborne or a worker employee carrier into the general population. Somewhat of an irony the Supreme Court rejected hearing the case of people having suffered history of cancer with Fort Detrick being suspect? Leakages possible even this day with all the increase safety technologies.

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