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INDOOR AIR QUALITY CONCERNS AT TN TECH

Tennessee Tech University has been experiencing ongoing indoor air quality problems at South Hall since the fall of 2011. In November, faculty and students on the second floor of the building began to exhibit symptoms including dizziness, headache, nausea, breathing and flu-like difficulty, and elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Tennessee Tech's Department of Environmental Health & Safety has tested the building for mold, volatile organic compounds, methylene chloride, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxygen levels, relative humidity, and temperature. To date, the in-house air sampling program has not indicated the presence of anything troubling. However, students and faculty continue to feel ill after spending time in the South Hall and several professors have relocated their classes to a different building. For now, the concerns over air quality remain unresolved. The results of the sampling done by Tennessee Tech are available for online viewing through the Tennessee Tech website.