EPA begins Oshkosh ricin decontamination

December 18, 2014


OSHKOSH Federal authorities have begun cleaning up contamination at the home of a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student accused of making ricin.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the lead role in the cleanup, with support from the Wisconsin National Guard.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/1DQ2ozF ) reports trucks and trailers lined the west side of the street Wednesday morning while about a dozen people, some outfitted in hazmat suits, tested the residence for the presence of the deadly toxin.

Twenty-one-year-old Kyle Allen Smith was arrested Oct. 31 after Oshkosh Police and the FBI executed a search warrant at his off-campus house. Smith has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he possessed ricin and developed the toxin for use as a weapon.

The cleanup is expected to last through midday Thursday.


Associated Press