Officer Dawn King, the former vice president of the Ann Arbor Police Officer’s Association, filed a whistleblower lawsuit regarding toxic exposure in city hall. Radon levels seven times higher than the federal safety threshold were present in the basement of the building, along with asbestos, a cancer-causing material commonly found in buildings erected prior to the late 1970s.
Union officials assert that there may be a link between the toxic exposure and the deaths of two officers, one from leukemia and the other from mesothelioma. An inquiry into the health of the employees who worked in the building revealed a higher than normal incidence of sickness that could be attributed to radon or asbestos exposure. The police and other city hall departments were moved into a new building in 2009.
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