Radon detected in NM state government building

March 27, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Government officials are advising workers to stay out of part of a nearly 80-year-old state office building in Santa Fe to avoid exposure to radon.

Attorney General Gary King said Tuesday [auth] that agency workers will not use a section of the Villagra Building, which was built as a New Deal project during the Great Depression. The building is connected to a newer complex for the attorney general’s office.

A General Services Department spokesman said elevated levels of radon, including one very high reading, were detected in the building’s basement and corrective measures are planned. Radon wasn’t a problem in other parts of the building.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and enters buildings through basements and foundation cracks.

The Environmental Protection Agency says radon exposure can cause lung cancer.

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