Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun just reported that as of 1:43 p.m. today, the air monitors surrounding the HazMat spill near Enclosure 12 toward the far end of DP Road are registering clean.
“The roadblocks at the intersection of DP Road and Trinity Drive are being removed and placed down around the building involved while cleanup work there continues,” Purtymun said. “The roadblocks were placed at the entrance to DP Road as a precautionary measure until the situation was assessed. The public can now come and go nomally along the majority of DP Road.”
Anyone in buildings west of 272 DP Road are free to leave their buildings. People in buldings east of 272 DP Road should remain sheltered in place, according to the reverse 911 that went out at 2 :08 p.m. today.
The reverse 911 that went out today ordering folks on DP Road to shelter in place and shut down building ventilation systems is a standard message that goes out in the event of a potentially dangerous situation. Today’s event turned out to be contained essentially to Enclosure 12 and was not a threat to other structures or people along DP Road.
David Hand owns Jona Manufacturing at 264 DP Road. He and several of his employees were sheltered in place during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post a few minutes ago.
“We shut off the airconditioning and closed all the doors,” Hand said. “My employees are a little nervous – this is the first time this has happened since they started the cleanup. I wish I knew more about what was going on … several of my employees left for lunch before this happened and they are waiting outside the roadblock area and calling me to find out what’s going on but I don’t know.”
Check back for more details on this developing story.