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Monday, May 20, 2013
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Students put their training to work at mock hazardous waste drill

Normally the bucolic grounds surrounding the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences are neatly landscaped and aesthetically pleasing, but on a recent chilly spring evening the place looked like a disaster zone.

The curving rain garden, normally fed by rainwater from the buildling's roof, was strewn with garishly-colored plastic containers, drums, and other debris. A large tank marked “ACID” lay on its side on a sidewalk, spilling its contents. The grassy knolls were strewn with “spills.” The two entrances to the building were cordoned off with yellow caution tape, tied to barriers. Throughout the area were teams of people wearing specialized protective respiratory masks and brightly colored chemical suits designed to...

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