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Mold contamination a concern for students and staff

October 13, 2009
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ELIZABETH CITY, NC — The Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center on the campus of Elizabeth City State University is home to more than just the university''s creative arts and music programs, it is also the host of a growing mold infestation, according to WAVY-TV.
After winning a legal battle with the construction company who installed it, Elizabeth City State University will not have to pay for materials to fix the leaking roof contributing to the mold issue and instead will only have to cover the $66,000 in labor costs, the story stated.
Student Akeem Williams said: "We have to take classes outside on some days because the smell and the mold has gotten so bad. I wear [a mask] when I''m walking around the building, except when I have to perform on the stage. Basically, it''s gotten to the point now our chests are starting to get congested, our throats started getting backed up."
According to the story, university officials acknowledge there has been a problem with water seepage in the Fine Arts Center for several years; they hope to have the issue resolved by January.
The university is awaiting indoor air quality tests from state inspectors to determine if the mold is making the indoor environment hazardous to students and staff, the story noted.
Custodial maintenance crews have disinfected surfaces in the Fine Arts Center to minimize any adverse health hazards and have begun using dehumidifiers to curb the growth and subsequent spread of mold, the story added.
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