Mold in the News: Issue 77

Mold in the News: Issue 77
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 11 stories we thought may interest you!
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Mushrooms, mold found growing in Sacramento apartment carpet: A woman is looking for answers after finding mold and mushrooms growing in the carpet of her Sacramento County apartment. Natalie Wise said for the last year and a half, water has leaked onto the carpet here of her downstairs apartment at Diablo Riviera. She said managers at the complex have steamed, cleaned and even changed her carpet several times over the past year in an attempt to combat the issue. Now, after finding what she says is mold and mushrooms growing from the carpet, Wise is looking for an answer because she says her son has become sick.

Public Housing Residents Claims NYCHA Just Paints Over Mold Problems: It’s a cry for help from residents of New York City public housing. Many have been complaining about mold in their city apartments for years, but charge the New York City Housing Authority never really confronts the problem. “I’ve been having this problem over ten years now, with the mold. We [call] the complaint center, we put in a ticket and what they do is they come and they paint right over it and within three months, the mold starts to grow back again,” Rosanna De La Cuadra told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.
Renter claims mold forced daughter out: Fighting back tears, Jessica Williamson cradles her 4-year-old daughter, Candice on the couch of in the living room of the East Ridge duplex they’ve called home for more than a year. “It’s always been just us, and now it’s just me, because she can’t be here,” Williamson tells 3 On Your Side. “Yes I can,” Candice replies. “You’re not supposed to be until the mold is gone,” her mother explains.

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Dog Treats Recalled for Possible Mold: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for dog treats sold at PetSmart stores in Pennsylvania and 35 other states. The recall applies to 7.5 oz. bags of DogCandy® Holiday Hound Cake and Blueberry Hound Cake because the cakes have the potential to become moldy.
Officals warn Hurricane Sandy victims of mold, asbestos, lead paint: As residents and business owners start to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, state and federal officials are trying to get one message out loud and clear: Beware of hidden health hazards. At a forum Monday to discuss the health impacts the storm can have on New Jerseyans, the representatives said mold, asbestos and lead paint are of particular concern because of all the do-it-yourselfers who don’t know what they’re doing.
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Black mold closes Stetson Town Office, $120,000 renovation cost shocks residents: Black mold started creeping up the white walls inside the town office of this Penobscot County community several months ago, forcing town officials to evacuate the building. “It’s contaminated and we can’t move back in,” Don Carroll, chairman of the town selectmen, said Friday. “We’ve moved out.” Town clerks, code enforcement and the assessor are now sharing the cramped kitchen area of a building that is home to the Stetson Fire Department and town library. Shortly after testing confirmed that there is black toxic mold spores in the air, requiring all who enter the building to wear a mask so they don’t inhale it, town officials proposed renovating the building.
Woman Living in Mold-Infested Apartment Gets Help: Martha Mason has been living in a mold infested apartment for weeks but the future for her and her daughter Adorable is looking bright. San Joaquin Fair Housing made dozens of phone calls to find Mason a new home with a reputable landlord. Mason’s landlord issued an eviction notice after she complained of the deplorable conditions she was living in. She had to throw out her bed and will have to discard many of her belongings because they have been exposed to the mold and water.
LEGAL ISSUES and MOLD (2)
Anheuser-Busch Unit Sues Insurer Over Resort Mold Damage: A subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. sued National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., in Missouri federal court Monday, demanding reimbursement under policies it held for repairs to fix a mold problem at a 192-unit condominium development owned by an Anheuser subsidiary.
NYCHA’s failure to stop reoccurring mold invasion spurs suit: The mold in public housing tenant Patricia Gorritz’s apartment got so bad for her asthmatic children, the city Health Department ordered NYCHA to clean it immediately. A year later, NYCHA has done nothing to keep the mold from coming back again and again. On Tuesday, Gorritz will join other frustrated tenants in an action against the authority for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act — on the grounds that asthma is a disability. The formal “request for accommodation” by the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council will demand NYCHA fix the mold problem or face litigation in federal court. “It’s gone from bad to worse with officials not responding to our complaints and not fully resolving the issues,” said Ray Lopez of the Little Sisters for the Assumption, one of the groups working with tenants. The city admits the mold is unacceptable.
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Valley Santa: Mold, car troubles impact local family of 4: A local family of four recently was forced to move from their home due to mold issues. “We lost a lot of our stuff due to damage,” Kate, a single mother of three children, wrote in a letter to Valley Santa. “All of our things were in storage for almost a year while we stayed with family and friends. I’m still trying to get back on my feet, but it seems something keeps going wrong.”
Hurricane Sandy victims in Far Rockaway call on city to fix the mold: Cold and moldy. Desperate victims of Hurricane Sandy said at an emotional protest march in Far Rockaway on Saturday that’s what their holiday season looks like. About 100 residents gathered in the storm-ravaged neighborhood to call on Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to fix dangerous conditions caused by the mold, lack of heat and absence of electricity they are enduring.