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Mold Leads to 3 Week Remediation at MSU Biology Building

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A mold outbreak in Murray State University’s Biology Building is leading to a three week remediation that will bite into the beginning of the fall semester. Some faculty, staff, and students may have to temporarily relocate while areas are being cleaned. 

Dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology Steve Cobb said faculty and staff began to notice patches of mold about two weeks ago and continued finding more. Specialists tested the building and discovered mold spores in the air.

Cobb said the university has contracted Industrial Maintenance and Construction to remediate the issue. So far, around nine labs and offices have been affected. Testing is ongoing to determine if any other spaces have mold present.

Affected rooms are off limits but the building remains open. Cobb said there should be little impact to students and should only slightly impede faculty research. Remediation should take 3 weeks and begins Monday. Structural analysts are looking into the cause of the mold.

A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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