October 18, 2001
Santa Clara Hall to reopen
California State University, Sacramento's
Santa Clara Hall is being reopened today, after detailed tests
confirmed an unknown substance found there last week was not
anthrax, plague or another biological agent.
For the safety of students and campus employees, a section
of the building has been closed since Oct. 10, following the
discovery of the substance by a contractor working on a new
electronics and robotics laboratory. Immediately after the
discovery, the building was evacuated. City police and fire
departments were called to the scene, and the fire department's
hazardous materials team followed normal cleanup procedures.
Initial testing indicated that the substance was not a biohazard.
However, the University determined that extra caution was
warranted, and had a more precise analysis conducted by the
Sacramento County Health Department lab. This type of testing
takes about a week to complete.
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