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Preliminary Notice of Violation, President, UChicago Argonne, LLC - WEA-2009-04

August 27,2009

Notice of Violation issued to UChicago Argonne, LLC related to an Arsenic Ampoule Explosion and Overexposure to Carbon Monoxide at Argonne National Laboratory

This letter refers to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Health, Safety and Security’s Office of Enforcement investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the March 3, 2008, incident at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) that resulted in the release of arsenic oxide into a laboratory room, and the March 11, 2008, incident that resulted in an overexposure of a laboratory researcher to carbon monoxide. The results of the on-site investigation were provided to UChicago Argonne, LLC (UChicago Argonne) in an Investigation Report dated November 25, 2008. An enforcement conference was held on January 9, 2009, with you, senior management of the University of Chicago, and members of your staff to discuss the report’s findings and UChicago Argonne’s corrective action plans. A summary of the enforcement conference is enclosed.
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