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Popular college building tests positive for high radon levels

“A preliminary test and a separate evaluation found mold and elevated levels of radon throughout Florida State University’s Sandels Building.

This comes less than two weeks after the building was closed following the release of a faculty report that linked the building to eight cancer cases, three of which were fatal.

As a result of the findings, the entire Sandels Building will be retested for radon — a naturally-occurring radioactive gas — beginning the week of Feb. 14.

Classes have been moved for the rest of the semester and the building will effectively remain closed during continued testing and remediation.

This testing will “ensure accuracy, aid in determining the source and to formulate an effective remediation plan,” according to an email to students and faculty from President Richard McCullough and Provost Jim Clark.”

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According to the report, the highest levels of radon were found in the basement and second floor of the building. In fact, some readings were as high as 7 pCi/L. Considering that the EPA recommends homes have no more than 4 pCi/L, these findings are alarming.

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