FOX 26 NEWS HAS LEARNED A SUGAR LAND PLANT WHERE 5 PEOPLE WERE EXPOSED TO RADIATION WILL NOT RE-OPEN AFTER BEING CLOSED NEARLY A MONTH NOW.
IT WAS BACK IN APRIL WHEN WE FIRST REPORTED THERMO-FISHER SCIENTIFIC SHUT DOWN ALL SUGAR LAND OPERATIONS AFTER SOME OF THEIR WORKERS WERE EXPOSED TO RADIATION.
NOW, THE COMPANY CONFIRMS THEY WILL NOT RE-OPEN THE SITE SPEEDING UP A TIMELINE TO MOVE ITS OPERATIONS TO MASSACHUSETTS AND THE U-K. A SPOKESPERSON TELLS FOX 26 THERE WERE OTHER INSTANCES OF CONTAMINATION FOUND IN THE BUILDING.
THE TEXAS HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS OVERSEEING THE CLEAN UP.
THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT:
On Tuesday, April 14, radiological material was released during the dismantling of a gauging device at the Sugar Land facility.
The health and safety of our employees and the community is our top priority. We initially closed the facility while we conducted additional testing to determine whether any contamination spread beyond the initial area into other parts of the facility, as well as vehicles and homes. We are working with the individuals affected to remove any residual radiological material.
In addition, we are committed to screening all employees present at the site around the time of the incident, as well as appropriate personal property, for exposure related to the April 14 incident. Results to date indicate that no employee was exposed to radiation in excess of regulatory limits as a result of that incident.
In the course of screening the facility, we have identified contamination that may stem from previous incidents. As a result, we are conducting further testing and evaluation to identify, characterize and confirm the source.
We continue to cooperate with the state agency investigating this incident.
We previously announced a decision to discontinue manufacturing operations at Sugar Land by early fall 2015, transfer manufacturing to our Franklin, MA and Winsford, UK sites and relocate remaining staff to a new site in Texas.
We have informed employees that we will accelerate this process and will not reopen the Sugar Land facility. We will take appropriate steps to support the employees impacted by this decision.
Karen Kirkwood, VP of Public Relations and Corporate Communications