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Anthrax remediation costs add up quickly

March 03, 2010
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DURHAM, NH — The remediation of an arts center where a woman was exposed to anthrax will cost upwards of $70,000, according to the Foster''s Daily Democrat.

According to the story, the Waysmeet Center at the United Campus Ministry for the University of New Hampshire is preparing to sign a remediation contract with CYN Environmental Services to totally soak five rooms and a hallway that tested positive for anthrax.

The center has already racked up a $20,000 bill for the first round of anthrax testing, and expects to lose an additional $10,000 to $15,000 due to the loss of items — including art, a piano and furniture — that are in the building, the story stated.

Reverend Larry Brickner-Wood, the ministry''s chaplain and executive director, said: "The art work will be the toughest to lose. It''s original art from students and artists, and many are dear students to us and talented artists."
The woman who contracted gastrointestinal anthrax after ingesting the substance during a drum circle event at the center continues to improve, something Brickner-Wood says he tries to keep in mind, the story stated.

"The things we''re losing are just things," he said. "People will donate furniture, and they''ll donate other things. The important thing is being back inside the building."

The remediation is expected to take two weeks, the story added.

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