UNR building contaminated with radiation to be torn down

Radiation (File photo)

University of Nevada, Reno officials are discussing what to do about a building where low levels of radiation were found.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports for now, 30 employees working in UNR's Facilities Services Building will be moved to new offices this week. University President Marc Johnson said in a letter sent out Tuesday that the radiation readings in the building are below the government's maximum permitted exposure.

Officials say low levels of radiation were found in the building late last year.

Director of Environmental Health and Safety Stephanie Woolf says the risk to people who have been in the building is very low.

Officials say they will ask the federal government for funds to tear down or decontaminate the building, although Johnson says he prefers the decontamination route given the historic nature of the building.

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