Radiation found in UNR building via KOLO8

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) UPDATE: The fate of a nearly century old building at the University of Nevada is in limbo. Radiation was found inside a small building near the business school.

A surprise that was delivered to UNR administration about seven months ago. When the state Radiological Control Program notified the University of Low Levels of radiation found inside the Facilities Building.”We were surprised as anybody,” said Kerri Garcia, UNR Spokesperson


Employees are expected to be relocated next week. Garcia says the university is working hand in hand with the state on this issue. They hope to make a final decision on the building in a few weeks.


ORIGINAL: Officials with the University of Nevada, Reno are trying to figure out what to do with a building after low levels of radiation were found inside. Kerri Garcia, the director of communications, confirms the university plans to move 30 employees out of the Facilities Services Building and into other offices by early next week.

Garcia says the radiation was found in the building about seven months ago. Back in the early 1920’s, the building was used by the U.S. Bureau of Mines to test radium.

The levels found are below the government’s maximum permitted exposure and Garcia says there is very little risk to the employees.

UNR is now working to decide whether to decontaminate the Facilities Services Building, or demolish it.

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