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October 11, 2001

Santa Clara Hall update

As a precautionary measure, California State University, Sacramento closed Santa Clara Hall yesterday, when an unknown powder was discovered. Initial laboratory findings show the powder was not anthrax, plague, or other biological agents. Full test results on the powder are expected later this week.

Yesterday a contractor reported being exposed to an unidentified substance. There are seven other people who may have been exposed. The building was evacuated immediately for the safety of students, faculty and staff. The substance was found in an electronic and robotics lab that is under construction. No students have had access to the lab.

City police and fire were notified and the fire department's hazardous materials team followed normal cleanup procedures.

Students with classes in Santa Clara Hall should plan to attend class as usual. Two rooms remain closed until the final determination of the powder has been made.

Notices will be posted if classes are canceled. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.


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