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Blago Prison Secured After Hazmat Situation

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Blago Prison Secured After Hazmat Situation

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, center, walks with attorneys as he arrives at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., on Thursday, March 15, 2012, where he began serving his 14-year sentence for corruption. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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The Colorado prison where former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence was secured Monday for a hazmat situation in the mail room.

Staff at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Englewood found a "white, powdery substance" in an envelope addressed to an inmate, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a statement.

The mail room was contained, and the West Metro Fire Protection Hazmat team along with local and federal law enforcement was notified.

The institution was secured "as a matter of standard procedure." The Federal Bureau of Prisons said there was no threat to public safety and the substance was not hazardous.

Blagojevich surrendered to the prison on May 15.
 

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