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Tests show mold the only issue in college center

February 6, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — After Skidmore College''s Starbuck Center was closed due to serious health concerns, preliminary testing has come back negative, according to The Saratogian.

Days before the current semester began in January, employees started complaining of a health issue they believed to be connected to their workspace, the article stated.

The college closed the building last week as a precaution and hired an outside independent firm to perform tests for any potentially harmful substances, the article noted.

"In sum, we have no information at this point to suggest that community members should be concerned," Skidmore Spokeswoman Andrea Wise said in a statement.

"Testing and other reviews are ongoing, and if we do become aware of any information that causes us concern, we will share it immediately — as we have done so far," Wise added.

According to the article, initial results found:

• Radon levels within federal safety levels
• Carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide levels within recommended ranges
• No detectable levels of formaldehyde
• Low readings of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within permissible levels.

The consultant did find mold in one room, recommending mold remediation for the problem, the article added.

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