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Ratmaggedon: Lab Techs Spring Into Action After Rodent Causes Outages

In the wee morning hours on Monday, Oct. 22, a night of foraging was coming to an end for a rat. So was the critter’s life. But this tragic end was no match for a group of 25 electricians, plant maintenance technicians, HVAC technicians, electrical engineers, and a carpenter, who pitched in over the next three days to get the lights back on for the 726 people who work in the Building 50 complex. Here’s a chronicle of what they did to get the Lab back up and running.

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  1. Michael Commer says:

    The picture makes me wonder why such crucial equipment is so exposed to the weather and animals?

  2. Annette Greiner says:

    Fun article, nicely done!

  3. Clarification: This was a wild, free-range rat. It was not an escapee from any Lab experiments.