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FBI: White Powder Mailed to Robert Hurt Poses "No Danger"

August 18, 2010

The Danville Register and Bee reports that an FBI spokeswoman said Tuesday that the white powder mailed to Republican congressional candidate Robert Hurt poses "no danger to the public." However, she stopped short of actually naming the substance that Hurt received in an envelope at his Chatham office Friday.

"This is an ongoing investigation; I can't talk about it at all," FBI media representative Dee Rybiski said Tuesday. "But, we have determined there is no danger to the public."

Local, state and federal law enforcement and emergency management teams responded to the senator's office Friday. Hurt and staff members who were exposed to the powder went through a decontamination process, according to Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor.

Rybiski said the agency would not be immediately releasing the results of the tests or the status of the investigation.

Ken Gournic, the public information officer for the Postal Service's investigations division, said Tuesday that the Postal Service is no longer in charge of the investigation.

"Normally, we would be; our personnel responded to test the package," Gournic said. "The investigation has been turned over to the FBI and they are handling all inquiries."

Gournic said the test results were also in the FBI's hands.

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