Potential lead contamination more widespread at UW

Potential lead contamination more widespread at UW
Bascom Hall

Potential exposure to lead at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is more widespread than previously reported. Last week UW officials said there might be lead contamination at Agricultural Hall. Now, Bascom Hall is being looked at too.

Lead dust is believed to have escaped an enclosed area during a paint removal project at Agriculture Hall. The university now believes the same thing may have happened during a similar project at Bascom Hall. More than 100 employees working at each building may have been exposed. They are all now being offered free blood testing with the university.

The university’s biggest concern isn’t Ag Hall or Bascom Hall but rather the Preschool Lab next door to Ag Hall, where dozens of children play every day.

“We’ve cleaned those areas and tested again and we have opened up all areas for the kids to be involved in,” said William Kinsey chief health officer.

No one has tested positive for lead.

The contractor, Structurewerks, is fully cooperating and assisting UW-Madison officials in reviewing the project.