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By Sylvia Carignan News-Post Staff | Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 2:00 am

Fort Detrick is looking for a contractor to build a new hazardous material processing facility on post.

Hazardous materials like lab waste and motor oil are being held in a warehouse that was converted for use as a processing facility, according to Lanessa Hill, U.S. Army Garrison Public Affairs Specialist at Fort Detrick.

“The facility we have now is old,” she said.

Some of the hazardous materials come from agencies on Fort Detrick’s National Interagency Bio-Defense Campus, which includes U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the Department of Homeland Security, the Food and Drug Administration and Naval Medical Research Center.

Other materials, like motor oil, come from the garrison’s Department of Public Works operations, Hill said.

A Department of the Army request for proposals for the design and construction of a new 13,100-square-foot “centralized handling and temporary storage facility” is currently out for bids. About 7,500 square feet of that building will be used for handling and storage.

The two buildings currently being used to process and store hazardous materials will be demolished. About 6,000 square feet of those buildings is being used for hazardous materials.

Hill said operations will continue as usual once the new facility is in place.

“Having everything in one facility will allow for more efficient operations and flow,” she said.

Fort Detrick is required to move hazardous materials off post within 90 days.

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