12:15 p.m. - Update: During overnight construction, there was a potential release of asbestos affecting the House side of the U.S. Capitol. Engineers and certified industrial hygienists have evaluated the scene and determined it was safe to reopen the building around 9 a.m.
The East Grand Staircase from floors 1 to 3 will remain closed until further notice to restrict access to the construction area where the incident occurred and provide a workspace for the contractor to access that area as needed. The House side of the Capitol has returned to normal operations. Tours of the Capitol Building have remained open.
9:20 a.m. - The House Side of the Capitol has reopened to Members and Staff with certain areas remaining closed, specifically the East Grand Staircase from floors 1 to 3 and room H-324. All other areas of the House Side of the Capitol will return to normal operations, including tours of the Capitol Building.
8:20 a.m. July 10, 2014 - During ongoing asbestos abatement work there was a potential release affecting the House side of the Capitol. Samples have been collected to determine whether there was potential exposure. AOC and USCP are investigating and will provide updates when available.