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Posted 5/21/2012

Release no. 2012-P-014

Chris Gray-Garcia

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The construction site of the Utah Data Center at Camp W.G. Williams National Guard Post near Salt Lake City was evacuated today at approximately 11:30 a.m. local time after a potential bomb threat was discovered by project staff.

Local and federal law enforcement agencies were immediately alerted and are on-site to investigate.

“We don’t take any chances with safety,” said the Sacramento District’s security chief, Jonathan Payton. “We’re working closely with our law enforcement partners to aid their investigation in whatever way we can, and are ready to get back to work as soon as we get the all clear.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing construction of the $1.2 billion Utah Data Center facility for federal intelligence agencies. All personnel will remain evacuated until the threat has been cleared, with work expected to resume on its regular schedule the morning of May 22. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead agency for additional media queries. Further questions should be directed to the FBI at 801-579-4735.