Mold in the News: Issue 19

Mold in the News: Issue 19
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 19 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Video: Warm, damp weather brings more mold: Experts say mold is spreading unusually quickly around West Michigan. They say the combination of warm and damp weather is resulting in the harmful fungus hitting more homes earlier in the season. At 50-years-old Vickie Snyder never thought she’d discover a new allergy. “When the doctor told me I had allergies, I was shocked, because I’ve never had allergies my whole life,” says Snyder.
Starting Over Strong Vermont: Mold is complicating post-Irene reconstruction efforts: The Risks of Mold As spring arrives in Vermont, many of those affected by Tropical Storm Irene are returning to their homes. Individuals and families are still struggling with being displaced from their homes, and facing the chore of cleaning up after the destruction. Now that winter is behind us, people are left picking up the pieces of their lives.
Video: Tips to get rid of mold: Mold exposure can lead to several health-related problems. With its natural ability to travel through the air, the inhalation of mold spores can create a variety of respiratory ailments. Common side effects include asthma, allergies, respiratory infections, sinus infections and skin rashes. In some cases, mold exposure can even be fatal. In additional, mold can damage your home leading to wood rot and structural damage.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (6)
Schools Chancellor Pressed For Answers On Mold Problem At Williamsburg Schools: New York City’s schools chancellor is responding to parents’ complaints over mold at a middle school where some parents claim students are getting sick. Parents are fuming over an ongoing mold problem at P.S. 17 and M.S. 577 in Williamsburg where walls, ceilings and baseboards are covered in gunk, CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano reported. “They don’t care what’s going on with the kids,” one parent said.
Schools Chancellor Walcott Dismisses MS 577 Parents’ Mold Complaints
South Eastern addresses mold issue at Fawn Area Elementary: The South Eastern School District is looking into improving the health of another sick school. Before a standing-room-only crowd Tuesday, the school board discussed the air quality of Fawn Area Elementary School and possible solutions for a current mold problem. Several parents pleaded with the board to do all it can to protect the health and welfare of their children.
Deteriorating Building Conditions Persist in Harford County’s Older Public Schools; Asbestos, Mold, Leaks Cited: Deteriorating building conditions in Harford County’s older public schools were the subject of evocative comments by members of the public and a photo presentation by the president of the teacher’s union at a March 12 meeting of the Harford County Board of Education.
Report: MSK ceiling tiles free of mold: An analysis of ceiling tiles at the Middle School of the Kennebunks has revealed no signs of mold, while a governmental organization guiding RSU 21 through remediation efforts says it’s time to wait and see when it comes to the success of recent efforts.
Active Mold Growth Confirmed in Middle’s Elementary No. 2: The presence of active mold growth in Elementary School No. 2 has been confirmed by the Middle Township School District. Inspection by two air quality companies indicated the presence of fungal growth.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (5)
Nursing Home Employees Claim Mold Made Them Sick: Employees from a nursing home have taken legal action after claiming mold at the facility made them sick. A lawyer for several of the employees gave CBS4 documents from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s investigation. The lawyer says the documents prove mold has been found in the facility.
The State Worker: More mold found at California Board of Equalization HQ: Workers at the state Board of Equalization’s Sacramento headquarters found mold between the building’s ninth and 10th floors last month, although this time the discovery didn’t displace any staff. BOE spokesman Jaime Garza said in an email that “the area was immediately closed, the mold was removed, and Hygiene Technologies conducted testing which concluded the air was safe and clean.”
Code enforcement investigating mold covered apartment: An Augusta woman says she was trapped inside a moldy apartment for months. News 12 investigated, and now she’ll be able to switch to a new unit, free of charge. Deanna Dykes lives at Woodlake Club apartments in Augusta, and she says the mold there has become a serious issue. “I moved my son’s bed, and there was mold growing through his carpet.
Mold being removed from judicial chambers: Montgomery County Commissioners approved an emergency resolution Thursday to rid several judges’ chambers of mold that was growing inside their office walls.
New Durham Town Hall mold removal put out to bid: The town has gone out to bid to begin work on removing mold from the historic Town Hall basement and replace an area of wall board with new material better suited to moist environments. Improvements to the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been discussed often in recent months after the Board of Selectmen received reports from a historic assessment of the Town Hall, as well as an energy audit done on the building and the fire station.
MOLD and HEALTH (4)
Video: Allergy season comes on strong: Allergic to trees, grass, pollens and mold, Primack says she has dealt with a constant post-nasal drip and frequent sinus headaches since mid-February, six weeks earlier than in past years. “Some mornings I would wake up and feel like I was sick, but I realized my head is just swollen, rather than stuffed up,” said Primack, 40, a policy adviser with the U.S. Department of Energy.
6 Surprising Health Hazards Lurking in Your Home: From the bedroom closet to the kitchen, you might not be aware of everyday items that could pose some hidden health risks. While saving money is important, the cheaper products are not always the safest choices for your family. Certain items around the house can deteriorate fairly quickly and put you at risk for injuries and a host of health problems. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has created an entire database of potential health hazards around your home.
Homefix: An older home with a ‘breathing’ problem: A year ago, we moved into an old rental house that had been remodeled. Subsequently, we have had respiratory problems and can smell mold. It’s worse in the morning. The house has no kitchen vent, no bathroom vent and crawlspace vents, and only one vent for the attic. It also concerns me that the gutters do not carry the rain away from the house. It pools up around the house and seeps in around the foundation. How do I argue this with the landlord? Or should we just move?
CHINGFORD: Family living in house with no bannisters and mouldy walls (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series): A FAMILY-OF-SEVEN claim they have had to endure freezing temperatures in a two-bedroom house with rotten bannisters and mould-blackened walls. Tim Moore, 36, lives with his wife Sharon, 34, and five daughters in Arbour Road, Chingford. His three eldest daughters, Charlotte, 13, Mercedes, 11 and Bobbie 9, share two single beds in one bedroom, while mum and dad share the other with the youngest – Megan, two, and three-and-a-half month old Tayla.
LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING MOLD (1)
Mold Claims For Damages Get New Life: The problem of mold—that furry, slimy or powdery substance that grows in damp places—just got a lot more dangerous, at least for landlords and co-op and condo boards in New York. Four years ago, a key appellate court decision in Manhattan blocked millions of dollars in legal claims for damages for health effects of mold in buildings, saying that the scientific evidence that mold caused illness was in dispute.
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