The Dirksen Senate Office
Building reopens Monday, February 9, 2004 at 7 am. The
U.S. Capitol Police in coordination with the Ricin response
Incident Commander have been working to ensure the safe reopening
of the building. Crews have worked around the clock since
last week to prepare the building; the U.S. Capitol Police
will continue to oversee remaining cleanup and restoration.
Over the weekend, cleanup teams prepared the
Dirksen Senate Office Building to reopen Monday morning. Affected
areas of the fourth floor of the Dirksen building were steam
cleaned and hard surfaces were wiped down with a mild chlorine
bleach solution. Cleanup teams completed extensive
sampling throughout the entire building and no Ricin or
other hazardous substances were detected outside the original
affected fourth floor office space.
Three rooms on the fourth floor of the Dirksen
Senate Office Building remain closed for cleanup and restoration.
One room will be emptied and the contents
will be cleaned off-site and returned to the staff at a
Unopened mail recovered from the Senate and
House will undergo a similar treatment and returned to the
proper offices at a later date.
The affected rooms will be reopened as soon
For more information about Ricin please visit
the Center for Disease Control website at: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/Ricin/facts/asp.
If you have any additional questions
please contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information
Office at 202-224-1677.