Investigation Underway Into Possible Sick Building

02.19.09 | FL News Team

An unusually high rate of breast cancer on the campus of UC San Diego is believed to be tied to electromagnetic fields in the building's elevator. Yesterday, dozens of staff, faculty and professors held a rally as their fears increase about the safety of the workplace.

The elevator sits on the first floor of the Literature building, an unusual design for a multi-story building. Most elevators are docked in a basement, which reduces the chance EMF surges will affect those nearby.

A petition signed by 13-hundred people has been given to Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. The petitioners want the elevator replaced with a safer one.

There have been eight cases of breast cancer in six years among those who work in the Literature building.  Two of those women have died.