Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) closed several buildings on Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head on Wednesday, Nov. 13, as a precautionary measure in response to a localized hazardous material spill on the base.
A shipment of ether intended for Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) was found to be damaged during delivery acceptance inspection. Ether is routinely used by NSWC IHEODTD for research and manufacturing processes.
The incident was localized to a small area of the base and did not present a danger to the local community. Employees who typically work in buildings within the established safety radius were instructed to telework or report to alternative work sites on base today, or were granted leave during the clean-up process.
The material delivery service is working with Navy and local emergency responders to mobilize the containers and material for removal.
Clean-up efforts are anticipated to be completed later today.