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Discovery of 'microbial growth' at Emporia State's Trusler Hall under investigation KVOE News file photo

Emporia State University is awaiting word from Stover Restoration on the nature of a localized "microbial growth" discovered late last week.


Director of Residential Life Cass Coughlin says staffers were in the process of walking an unoccupied floor in Trusler Hall when they noticed a mildew-like smell. Stover began its clean-up and investigation Tuesday and is continuing its work Wednesday.

Coughlin says the nature of the microbial growth hasn't been determined -- an environmentalist is now part of the investigation -- but ESU has ruled out black mold and orange mold, both of which can be toxic. Coughlin says the incident was discovered after a changeover from air conditioning to heating last week. The air conditioner was shut off Wednesday and the heater came on Friday. Coughlin says the oppressive humidity Thursday may have contributed.

Students with questions or reports of any possible health hazard in Emporia State's residence halls are told to call Residential Life at 342-5264 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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