State says Bennington building can be reoccupied safely

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Vermont’s top health official and buildings commissioner will meet tomorrow with some of the employees of the now-abandoned state office building in Bennington.

Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt says she and Commissioner Gerry Myers will discuss a report released last month that discovered reasons why some people who worked in the building were getting sick.

Moffatt says the findings are compelling that an oil fired boiler and hidden source of bacteria were the source of contamination and are the likely source of the illnesses reported by some of the people who work there.

The employees are now working in temporary quarters.

Myers says it will cost about $9 million to renovate the building.

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