EPA seizes hazardous chemicals from Lenexa lab

LENEXA, Kan. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started seizing hazardous chemicals Monday from an abandoned lab in Lenexa, Kan.

Beta Chem had been using the 2,000 square-foot lab near 100th Street and Lackman Road in Lenexa, Kan., to turn radioactive Carbon-14 into pharmaceutical compounds for medical research.

Between 2006 and 2012, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment tried getting the company to comply with its radioactive materials license, but according to the EPA, the company did not comply.

In October 2013, KDHE seized and secured the lab, and later found numerous hazardous materials and substances inside.

The lab has been closed ever since, but Monday EPA investigators started assessing and disposing all hazardous materials.

Officials from the EPA say the process could take four weeks or longer. They said none of the surrounding businesses or warehouses will be impacted.

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