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Part of Capitol Closed to Public Due to Potential Asbestos Issue

"Samples have been collected to determine whether there was potential exposure," the Architect of the Capitol says.
Part of U.S. Capitol Closed Due to Potential Asbestos Issue
Part of U.S. Capitol Closed Due to Potential Asbestos Issue NBC News

Parts of the Capitol building remained closed to the public Thursday morning after a "potential release" during ongoing asbestos removal.

The House side of the building reopened for members and staff shortly after 9 a.m. ET. But the "industrial accident" delayed action on the House floor, per a note from House Speaker John Boehner to members of Congress.

"During ongoing asbestos abatement work there was a potential release affecting the House side of the Capitol," the Architect of the Capitol sad in a statement. "Samples have been collected to determine whether there was potential exposure."

The incident began at around 2:30 a.m. ET. The issue is being investigated by the Architect of the Capitol and the U.S. Capitol Police.

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