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Threatening levels of methane gas found at Bridgeport Twp. offices

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A group of township offices will remain closed indefinitely after a strange odor revealed threatening levels of methane gas.

Several employees at the Bridgeport Charter Township Offices complained about the odor and reported feeling light-headed and nauseated on April 6.

The offices were shut down while AKT Peerless performed environment testing. The results found the presence of methane gas along the outside perimeter of the building.

The testing also revealed the governmental center was building on a landfill. Officials said the methane gases have “the potential to adversely impact indoor air quality of the building resulting in negative health effects of occupants.”

Methane is a natural byproduct of decomposing organic materials commonly found in landfills.

While it is a non-toxic gas, a large amount trapped in a building could cause unconsciousness or death by suffocation, and pose as a fire risk.

Full-time operations at the township buildings have been temporarily suspended and relocated to the water department, the township said. The Bridgeport governmental staff are operating from the water department building. 

The township and its contractors will continue working with the MDEQ to resolve the issue.

More testing is scheduled for later this week.

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