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Pungent smell leads to hexagon house evacuation

Posted on: 24/03/2009

Hexagon HouseMEPA Staff within the Environment Protection Directorate were asked to evacuate Hexagon House in Marsa following evidence of an overpowering, pungent smell within the MEPA offices.

The Drainage Department were called in to establish whether the smell was resulting from some leakage within the drainage system of the offices. An inspection was carried out on the entire drainage system and it resulted to be faultless and in good working condition. It was also established that evidence of this smell was only noticed to be coming from within the offices and not the surrounding grounds.

Once this got established the MEPA management asked the Police to starts its own independent examination to establish the facts and investigate any possible foul play.

The offices were closed off for the entire day.

Date: 23.03.09

Update:

Following yesterday's incident of a pungent spell within the offices of the Environment Protection Directorate at Hexagon House in Marsa, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) today took all the precautionary steps to ensure the health and safety of its staff. The Authority called in further experts to carry out tests within the premises.

All employees working within the environment protection directorate were today stationed at St Francis Ravelin in Floriana. A number of employees visited the local polyclinic for screening of which four employees were referred to Mater Dei for further tests. These four employees were all discharged from the hospital later in the afternoon.

The authority this evening has sent it company doctors to carry out house visits and follow up the staff that this morning visited the polyclinic.

MEPA will keep the public updated with any further developments.