- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - Federal authorities have begun cleaning up contamination at the home of a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student accused of making ricin.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the lead role in the cleanup, with support from the Wisconsin National Guard.

Oshkosh Northwestern Media (https://oshko.sh/1DQ2ozF ) reports trucks and trailers lined the west side of the street Wednesday morning while about a dozen people, some outfitted in hazmat suits, tested the residence for the presence of the deadly toxin.

Twenty-one-year-old Kyle Allen Smith was arrested Oct. 31 after Oshkosh Police and the FBI executed a search warrant at his off-campus house. Smith has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he possessed ricin and developed the toxin for use as a weapon.

The cleanup is expected to last through midday Thursday.



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Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern Media, https://www.thenorthwestern.com

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