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Toledo Business Owner Grateful for 36-Hour Stint in Decontamination in N.Y.


The Toledo Blade. November 13, 2001: Toledo businessman Fred Schutt spent 36 hours in New York City’s decontamination trenches this month, helping to rid a Rockefeller Center building of anthrax spores.

Mr. Schutt, owner of Toledo’s Bio-Recovery Services of America LLC, worked for three nights to help decontaminate the midtown Manhattan building that houses the New York Post, Fox News, and other companies.

 

Fred Schutt, owner of Toledo’s Bio-Recovery Services of America, is surrounded by bagged hazardous materials in a Rockefeller Center building.
Fred Schutt, owner of Toledo’s Bio-Recovery Services of America, is surrounded by bagged hazardous materials in a Rockefeller Center building.


He is a friend of Ron Gospodarski of Bio-Recovery Corp. in Woodside, N.Y., a company that was awarded the contract for work on the building and which previously decontaminated ABC’s studio.

"It was good for me, because I’ve got experience with this now," said Mr. Schutt.

For the trip to New York, Mr. Schutt took additional equipment and decontamination foam licensed by the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. The foam breaks down the outer shells of anthrax spores and kills the DNA inside.

Bio-Recovery Services specializes in cleaning and restoring areas affected by biological or infectious waste, including blood, body fluids, and tissue at crime and trauma scenes.

The local company was hired to clean up after the Jan. 9, 1997, crash of ComAir Flight 3272 near Ida, in which 29 people died.

Mr. Schutt was involved each of the three nights Bio-Recovery Corp. worked to decontaminate areas in the Manhattan building where anthrax-laden mail had been, including the mailroom and offices, he said.

"This was new to everybody - how to do it, what technology you’re going to use," he said. "We have to have some information as to what’s working and what’s not. One problem with decontaminating anthrax is that no standard for contractors has been established, and government agencies aren’t sharing information on results they’ve had with various methods, Mr. Schutt said.

 

 

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