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McGill Hall at the University of Montana.
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The University of Montana announced today that children enrolled in a campus daycare will return to a building that tested high for asbestos-contaminated surface dust earlier this year.

UM President Seth Bodnar delivers a campus update March 19, 2019.
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University of Montana President Seth Bodnar offered his mid-year campus update Tuesday.

"I can tell you with confidence in this room – we’re going to win," Bodnar said.

University Of Montana Reopens Hall After Asbestos Closure

Mar 12, 2019
McGill Hall at the University of Montana.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana has reopened McGill Hall after officials detected "unacceptable levels" of asbestos in dust inside the building.

The Missoulian reports the building, which features a media arts lab, a preschool and a child care facility, was reopened Monday for the first time since Jan. 29.

Scott Rogers of Bozeman-based Environmental Solutions releasing his findings of no asbestos-related health hazards in McGill Hall on the University of Montana's campus on Feb. 7, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / MTPR

A startling reversal Thursday regarding the University of Montana’s asbestos-contaminated McGill Hall: “We’re anticipating occupational work, reentry into the building sometime next week,” says Certified Industrial Hygienist Scott Rogers. 

McGill Hall at the University of Montana.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

A campuswide meeting to discuss the decision to abruptly close a busy University of Montana building for the rest of spring semester was peppered with flashes of anger, anxiety and even moments of empathy Friday.