Foul odor at County Building forces some employees out

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - An odor inside the new Montgomery County Annex Building may be making some employees sick, and now they're moving out until the problem can be solved.

"Drowsiness, irritated eyes, congestion, those are the symptoms," said Scott Kramer, Risk Manager for Montgomery County.

Employees started complaining about the symptoms in August, but since then officials have been unable to get to the root of the problem.

Kramer says the building passed all environmental tests during its construction.   The county spent an estimated $15 million on renovations after it purchased the building from the Advertiser Company.

The county has called in environmental specialists who have tested for benzene, formaldehyde and humidity levels.  All of the results were under regulatory standards.  County officials are waiting on test results for sewer gases in the building, as they continue to search for a solution.

In a letter to county employees, County Administrator Donald Mims said officials decided to move four employees in the purchasing department out of the new annex building and back where they were before.

"We didn't want to leave our employees in our area where they would continue to see those symptoms," Kramer said.

The move is indefinite, until the county can find the source of the mysterious odor.

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