FARMINGTON — A case of mold has led to the temporary closure of one of the Navajo Nation administration buildings.
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed a resolution Monday declaring a public health state of emergency for Administration Building Two in Window Rock because of the mold. Remediation and renovation are expected to begin immediately and end within about six months.
“We need to ensure the health of our Navajo Nation employees is secured. Once it was reported that conditions in Administration Building Two had mold, we formulated a plan
for our employees to temporarily relocate,” President Shelly said.
The Navajo Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered the building close its doors Dec. 27, and a Jan. 4 meeting finalized plans. The Navajo Division of Health, Department of Public
Health, Facilities Maintenance, Division of Community Development, NOSHA, Office of the Navajo Nation President and Vice President and the Department of Public Safety were in attendance.
The groups decided to move about 200 workers from 12 programs into other Navajo Nation buildings in Window Rock.