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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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