Hillsboro campus poisoning

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Published Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Emergency responders were back at Intel's Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro on Monday, treating employees for mysterious respiratory issues for the second time in less than a week.

Metro West Ambulance said it transported six people to nearby hospitals for what Intel described as "treatment of minor breathing difficulty." Public safety officials described their conditions as "non-critical."

Metro West public information officer Jan Lee said emergency responders examined 35 people altogether, all with "very minor symptoms."

Fifteen people went to Washington County hospitals late Thursday afternoon complaining of difficulty breathing.

The workers reported "respiratory irritation" and "minor breathing difficulty," according to Intel.

"Our previous investigation as well as our current, ongoing investigation show no hazardous materials were released," Intel said in a written statement Monday. "However, as a precaution, we have now evacuated all individuals from the affected building."

Intel's Ronler Acres campus is the company's most advanced manufacturing facility, where the company develops each new generation of microprocessor. It's a massive, multibillion-dollar complex of several interconnected factories and supports buildings.

Chip production involves many hazardous chemicals, and manufacturers across the Portland area have suffered a number of serious incidents in the four decades since semiconductor companies began arriving in the city's suburbs.
Source: DORRIS

Hillsboro campus poisoning Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Yellow
Category: CBRNE
Response: Avoid
Severity: Moderate
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Injured: 41

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