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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-12 12:48 AM
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USPS won't investigate Orlando toxic spill involving a package from Yemen.
This is reported via The Ledger from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Postal Worker Wants to Know Cause of Illness

Jeffrey A. Lill sleeps up to 16 hours a day in a hospital bed in Rochester, N.Y. His doctors say his symptoms are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxin. Lill thinks he was exposed to the toxin while working for the U.S. Postal Service, but agency officials won't acknowledge the exposure. (J.J. BARROW | FCIR)

Paz Oquendo, a worker at the U.S. Postal Service's Orlando sorting facility, smelled the noxious odor first. It was Feb. 4, 2011, and the foul stench was coming from one of the large mailbags hanging near the package-conveyor belts.

She ran over to Jeffrey A. Lill, the 44-year-old shift supervisor who was monitoring the sorting from a platform, and reported the smell.

...."Then he smelled it a strong chemical stench he couldn't identify. It was coming from a bag wet with a brown viscous substance. Lill looked in the wet sack and saw a broken package with tubes and wires sticking out. He remembers reading the return address with surprise: Yemen.

Four months earlier, two bombs from Yemen had been sent through FedEx and UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service had alerted everyone to be on the lookout for packages coming from the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula.

It turns out the incident did not make the news. The USPS did not investigate it "as a security or health threat and did not report it to the Department of Homeland Security, as is the protocol."

Lill is at his mother's home in New York. The doctors are unable to treat him because there was no further investigation into the substance.

U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y. is looking into what happened in Orlando that day. The USPS denies that Lill was exposed to a toxic substance.
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