We were also tested by local and federal forces. If we didn't alert properly. We, the lab folks, would be fined.
I was working in another lab on the Bay area when the Sturges incident happened. It rocked our world. We had the feds, city officals and our bosses explain to us the whats and therefores.
I believe the lab technician was not a "Jerk" I met him. He's was a nice guy. He was doing his job as I would do mine.
Maybe it is a good thing maybe it's not. The best policy is that you do you're own processing.