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San Francisco Environmental Protection Workers Say Own Office Makes Them Sick

Testing showed elevated levels of two potentially dangerous chemicals, formaldehyde and caprolactam, on several floors of the EPA Region 9 headquarters in San Francisco.

San Francisco EPA Workers Claim Office Is a 'Sick Building'

The Environmental Protection Agency's mission is to protect human health and the environment, but nearly 100 of its own employees based in the Bay Area believe they're getting sick just by going to work. The head of Region 9 EPA, Jared Blumenfeld, acknowledges indoor air quality problems, but blames the building management company, Hines Property Management. Hines said it has worked diligently to resolve the problems and plans to re-evaluate the building's air flow floor by floor once building renovations are complete. Senior investigative reporter Vicky Nguyen reports in a video that first aired on Feb. 22, 2016. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016)

The Environmental Protection Agency's mission is to protect human health and the environment, but nearly 100 of its own employees based in the San Francisco Bay Area believe they're getting sick just by going to work.

Employees say the indoor air quality is so bad at the EPA Region 9 Headquarters in San Francisco, they're unable to do their jobs.

The irony is not lost on Taly Jolish, a staff attorney for the EPA and vice president of ASGE Local 1236, one of Region 9's three unions.

"It just seems crazy to us that someone would be risking their health by coming into the office to work on cleaning up the environment elsewhere," Jolish said.

Testing conducted by an environmental testing lab hired by the EPA, showed elevated levels of two potentially dangerous chemicals, formaldehyde and caprolactam.

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