Building at Central Texas VA to remain closed for mold repairs

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) One building at the Temple VA campus will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Building 146 was shut down and OSHA was notified after a test showed elevated airborne mold levels on January 18th.

The 26 employees were moved elsewhere and patient appointments were moved to other locations.

Since then, an outside consultant and structural engineer assessed the situation and officials are developing a plan for repairs, but there's no timeline yet.

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System Director Christopher Sandles Thursday sent a message to veteran services organizations and some Congressional officials explaining where things stand.

As for staff he wrote, "we have also ensured all of these staff members were provided information on the air testing performed as well as guidance on how to file any associated workers compensation claims should they choose to."

KWTX received reports from employees saying they were experiencing health issues they believe are related to mold.

We contacted a union representative who is aware of the mold issues, and is currently reviewing a list of employees in Building 146 to determine how many are members of the organization.