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Air quality again closes Greenbrier County VA clinic

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Less than two months after reopening, the Veterans Clinic in Maxwelton is once again closed.

Beckley VA Medical Center director Karin L. McGraw announced the immediate closure of the facility late  Monday, citing continuing air quality issues in the clinic. Both McGraw and the building’s owner, the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (GVEDC), indicated that the air quality issues were resolved when the clinic reopened Feb. 27.

 But, with employee complaints continuing, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was called in to conduct further testing at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) on March 26. According to a VA press release, NIOSH measured formaldehyde levels at 0.017 parts per million (ppm) in “parts of the clinic.” That is above NIOSH’s recommended exposure limit of 0.016 ppm .

“The safety and health of the veterans, their families and our staff remain our foremost concern,” McGraw said. “The Beckley VAMC is committed to the veterans served at the Greenbrier CBOC and will explore all options available to determine a viable and speedy resolution.”

The clinic, which serves more than 1,700 veterans in the Greenbrier Valley region and Allegheny County in Virginia, will remain closed for an “undetermined” time…

 

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