DEQ finds temporary offices for Helena workers displaced by contamination

2013-10-30T17:15:00Z 2014-02-17T11:08:56Z DEQ finds temporary offices for Helena workers displaced by contaminationThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 30, 2013 5:15 pm  • 

HELENA – The state Department of Environmental Quality has found temporary offices for employees displaced after high lead levels were found in its downtown Helena building.

The nearly 100 workers will head Thursday to four locations near the Capitol and the Helena Regional Airport while the investigation continues at the former National Guard armory building.

The employees have been on leave since Monday, when state officials shut down the building after tests above the ceiling tiles showed lead levels up to 40 times higher than federal standards.

Additional tests were conducted over the weekend and employees were asked to have their blood tested.

Sheryl Olson of the Department of Administration says the results of those additional tests are not yet known.

She says five current and 16 former employees have been tested as of Wednesday.

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