WISH TV, Channel 8 News in Indiana reported yesterday that a mold inspection had found high levels of mold in the Morgan County courthouse. The courthouse was built before the Civil War, and has suffered a lot of water damage over the years that have included storm damage and interior water leaks from busted pipes, according to county officials.

A mold inspection firm hired by the county found that air in the attic of the courthouse has “higher than normal” amounts of mold that could indicate an unhealthy environment. One wall sample collected in the building showed 127,000 mold spores per cubic meter, that’s more than 120 times higher than levels considered to be unhealthy, according to the firm hired by the county,  and according to WISH TV.

“That is high and it’s something that we have to take seriously,” Morgan County attorney Rodric Bray, told I-Team 8’s Bennett Haeberle. “We are taking it seriously and we are moving with as much dispatch as we can.”

Apparently the mold is so bad that in 2004, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a citation to the county for safety concerns related to mold.

Now some county employees who work at the moldy courthouse have doctor’s notes saying they are not allowed to be in the building, and many others that are still stuck in the water damaged building are wearing masks to protect them from the toxic mold.


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