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Lab building evacuated Monday as hazmat crews remediate bulging drum

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By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos National Laboratory partially evacuated workers from the Sigma Building around Monday as hazmat workers responded to the building.

“At 2:30, p.m. today Laboratory personnel and the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a report of a bulging drum at the Sigma facility,” according to a laboratory spokesman. “The drum has been rendered safe. The area has been isolated and access control established. There is no threat to workers or the public.”

All workers in the building were safe from the incident, and the area where the evacuation took place was confirmed safe, according to the spokesman.

The Sigma building develops materials and components using engineering and metallurgical science in support of national security, according to the LANL website. This science includes a scope that spans alloys, ceramics and compounds from uranium to hydrogen, the website said.