Ten Years After the Anthrax Attacks: EPA-Approved Remediation Available

Oct 12, 2011, 15:33 ET from sBioMed

OREM, Utah, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to two U.S. Senators in October 2001, the Hart Senate Office Building and two postal facilities were closed for more than a year. Remediation costs ran into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

STERIPLEX Ultra kills anthrax spores in 30 minutes. Contaminated buildings may be reoccupied in hours. Unlike other sporicides, STERIPLEX Ultra is non-corrosive, non-fuming, non-toxic to inhale and not a skin irritant or sensitizer.

“Preparedness is a key element of the nation’s defense against a bioterrorist attack,” said Brian Larson, president of sBioMed, which manufactures STERIPLEX Ultra. “Terrorists are unlikely to use a biological agent if they know it won’t shut down a government building or place of business for months at a time.”

In April 2011, the Commission on the Prevention of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism gave the United States an “F” grade for bio-weapons preparedness. There are grants available from the Department of Homeland Security to enable local governments to purchase solutions and train first responders under the new requirements from the EPA. The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a $352 million grant program to help hospitals prepare for a bioterrorist attack.

STERIPLEX Ultra BioSpray Systems use lightweight, CO2/Nitrogen-driven calibrated spray technology that covers one square foot in three seconds and may be used on a daily basis to terminally clean hospital rooms, ambulances and other surfaces that harbor pathogens.

STERIPLEX Ultra is one of only two sporicides registered by the Environmental Protection Agency as an anthrax countermeasure. Bleach and other hazardous substances used for remediation after the 2001 anthrax attacks are illegal to use according the EPA and no longer in compliance with federal regulations.

“The reality is that few departments are aware the EPA has now made bleach and foams unlawful to use, creating unintentional liabilities for first responders and departments,” said Dan Galloway, CEO of 1 Priority Biocidal, the manufacturer of BioSpray Delivery Systems. “They are surprised to learn that they have the ability to become compliant at a low cost, with or without grants.”