Potential environmental hazards close Science Building


The Science Building has been closed due to the discovery of potential environmental hazards that were found during a routine environmental health evaluation earlier this week.

UPDATE: Environmental hazards are confirmed to be traces of mercury.

The University closed the rooms this week to conduct further testing and have since identified other potential hazards. The entire building has since been closed since 5:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

According to an email from SF State President Leslie E. Wong, the building will be closed until at least Jan. 15, though the reopening date is only speculation at this time.

“The University’s hope is that by making this temporary closure, we can quickly identify any problems that may exist and complete treatments or repairs in time for the start of spring semester,” Wong said in his email.

For the time being, staff who work in the building have been instructed to check with their supervisor for alternative work locations and faculty should consult with their department chair.

Details on the type of potential hazards, have not yet been provided.


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