Department of Labor building closed after asbestos found

Department of Labor building closed after asbestos found

Credit: Zach Stotland / KTVB

Department of Labor building closed after asbestos found

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 6:00 PM

BOISE -- The Idaho Department of Labor's administration building is closed until further notice because of asbestos.

Spokesman Bob Fick says work crews were renovating the geothermal system when they ran into some asbestos Thursday night at the downtown Boise building.  He says no one knew it was there.

When employees at the labor department came to work Friday morning, they noticed a white powder.  That powder tested positive for asbestos, and the building was evacuated.

Fick says they are getting tests done this weekend on air and surface contamination.

Employees can't go back into the building until the results are in.

This closure will not disrupt unemployment payments, and all other labor department offices are open.

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