Interior employees complain of sickness from renovation

Employees at the Interior Department's main building in Washington, D.C., say renovations have made them sic.

Employees have been suffering from headaches, nausea, rashes and respiratory difficulties, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a watchdog group. The fumes, smoke and dust from the 12-year, $220 million renovation project are being blamed.

Interior and General Services Administration have investigated the complaints and have hired a an occupational health nurse. They made other improvements aimed at improving the air quality though a report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found some potential health concerns.

"There's always something wrong with that building," one employee told The Washington Post. "When I started in 1986, they told me not to drink the water from the fountain. I never did find out why."

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Staffers Say Renovation Made Them Ill (The Washington Post 8/9)
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Relevant Links:
Interior Department - http://www.doi.gov
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility - http://www.peer.org