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Ohio University communicates with tenants on East State Street

ATHENS, Ohio -- In an effort to address any questions or concerns in the aftermath of the Spencer Building evacuation last Monday, Ohio University has contacted tenants inviting them and their employees to get in touch with the university directly. The letter, outlining the process by which individuals may make their concerns known, was delivered to employers at the Spencer Building on Monday afternoon.

The building was evacuated on Monday, Aug. 23, after occupants complained of feeling ill. It was subsequently discovered that heightened levels of carbon monoxide were present and were ultimately traced to the operation of the Ohio Coal Research Center site located inside the facility.

In the letter, Ohio University Director of Legal Affairs John Burns, indicated the university?s move to permanently close the center?s operations in the Spencer Building and the institution?s initiation of a thorough review of the exact cause and sequence of events that led to the incident.

In addressing the tenants, Burns said, ?I would request that if you or any of your employees have any questions about the incident, I will be pleased to answer them on behalf of Ohio University.?

The center?s research activities have been suspended since the incident took place and its equipment and research materials will be removed from the site as soon as possible.

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Contact: Associate Vice President for University Communications and Marketing Hub Burton, (740) 593-2563

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