The NEIDL has yet to open despite being completed several years ago. Why?
- It’s built within a community and so there are community oppositions and legal
ramifications to its opening.
What are the first two security measures you encounter when entering the NEIDL?
- First is an iris scan to put you in the system, second is similar to an airport scanning
What is the standard the building has to meet?
- Must be a certain distance back, perimeter fence, and other protections from keeping
vehicles and people from entering
How far back is the building set from the street?
- 150 feet
What are the vents/grills on the building for - why so many?
- Vent space for air handling (lots to them for that)
What is one of the biggest expenses for the building?
- Electrical bills for air handling
What kind of blow are the bollards (poles) on the perimeter of the building designed to handle?
- Withstands a 15 000 pound going at 55 mph from driving through
The BSL-4 has to be a separately engineered space for a two reasons - why?
- For earthquake protection and decontamination How are the rooms in a BSL-4 decontaminated?
- The rooms are filled with vaporized H2O2 (or formaldehyde) and the walls have to be
constructed to prevent any of that material from leaking
Once you are in the BSL-4 facility the only way out is through what?
- Through a chemical shower (to shower the special suits you had on)
They have three air compressors to supply air to the BSL-4/“Chemturion”/positive pressure
personnel suits. Why three?
- A lot of redundancy just in case
Why is the BSL-4 suit kept at “positive pressure”?
- If there were to be any small holes in the suit, air would carry away from the suit