More mold at Spartanburg courthouse prompts staff protests

Spartanburg County Courthouse (WSPA)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – The latest round of test results has found more levels of toxic mold in the Spartanburg County Courthouse, again forcing closures and relocations.

Clerk of Court Hope Blackley on Saturday received the results, which found elevated levels of toxic mold in nine areas of the building. This latest contamination report arrives after a year of testing and mold removal inside the 1957-built courthouse.

Blackley said around 20 to 25 protesting employees stood outside the building for up to two hours Tuesday. She said most agreed to come back in when she told them she planned to forward their concerns to the county council.

Spartanburg County Administrator Katherine O’Neill says the latest results show better conditions than results from April.  She also says the affected employees have been moved to other areas of the building, or even to the County Administration building.

A new courthouse is expected to open in 2022.