Whistleblower warns of biothreats at census center

The National Processing Center in Jeffersonville, Kentucky, is charged with processing the millions of census forms that are arriving at its doors.

Packed in with those census forms, however, have been more than census forms, leading many to question the safety of the facility.

“Many, many envelopes that contain material," a whistleblower speaking on behalf of an employee at the center told WHAS11.com. "Nasty notes. Things that are spilled onto the documents, bodily fluids in some cases, things that are powdery substance, sand. And they open then envelopes and this material will come out.”

Twenty percent of the nation's census forms will be processed by the 123 employees of the National Processing Center's building number 60, where more stringent measures have been enacted to protect the workers following the 2001 anthrax scare.

The center has enacted a plan to deal with potential threats that includes local police departments, fire departments, hospitals, the FBI and hazmat teams.

Despite the increased effort, however, the whistleblower has said that scares still occur.

“There have been 5 or 6 lockdowns in the last two weeks,” the whistleblower said.

WHAS11 reports that nothing harmful was found during any of the lockdowns, though a substance in one of the envelopes allegedly aggravated a woman's existing medical condition.

"The National Processing Center has standard safety and security procedures in place to manage the current high volume of mail receipts," National Processing Center Director David Backbarth told WHAS11.com "The safety and security of our employees remains our highest priority."