UNR facilities services building could be razed or decontaminated

A building on UNR’s campus could be torn down due to low levels of radiation. The Facilities Services Building dates back to 1920, and at one time, was used by the U.S. Bureau of Mines for research on radium. That’s what created the very low levels of radiation-that still exist today. The school says it’s a minimal health risk to the dozens of people who work in that building. It would cost millions to raze the building or decontaminate it. UNR will seek federal funds to do it and hopes to go the decontamination route given the building’s historic roots.