Mold in the News: Issue 104

Mold in the News: Issue 104
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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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Woman sues landlord over mold in duplex: A Lincoln woman who was diagnosed with fungal pneumonia has filed a lawsuit saying the manager of a west Lincoln duplex she rented repeatedly failed to address mold in the property. Jacqueline Leafty first noticed the black growth in the ceiling corner of her bedroom in January 2010, according to the lawsuit filed last week in Lancaster County District Court.
Kill mould the right way: Every house in the world has at least a little mould somewhere. The question is, does mould matter? And if it does, how best to get rid of mould once and for all?
Mould is a necessary part of any natural ecosystem. It’s the life form that breaks down organic matter for reuse later by other living organisms. Trouble is, mould breakdown is not something you want going on in any part of your home — natural though it may be. There are three reasons why.
When it Comes to Mold, Gov. Christie and his Crew Offer Guidance: The New Jersey Department of Health released a Mold Guidelines for New Jersey Residents pamphlet created to provide direction to residents on addressing mold in homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. In addition, the Department is announcing a series of training classes in cooperation with the UMDNJ School of Public Health to assist homeowners, volunteers and public health and building code officials in mold removal and assessment.
MOLD and HEALTH (1)
Breeder’s Choice pet food recall due to mold: Breeder’s Choice has issued a voluntary recall for a single batch of Active Care Biscuits-Healthy Dog Treats due to mold discovered in one of the lots of dog biscuits.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (2)
CFCC: $600,000 needed to fix mold problem in building on campus: Cape Fear Community College is asking New Hanover County for $600,000 to fix a mold problem in one of the buildings on campus. The ground floor of McLeod building has a serious mold and mildew problem. Some employees from the building have been moved to temporary mobile units.
Students Raise Concerns of Possible Mold Issue in McKay: At the Student Government meeting on April 2, students brought up concerns to the Vice President for Administration & Finance Rick Ogorek with complaints of possible mold growth in McKay Hall. Students claimed that mold was growing in the rooms and even onto their possessions. Ogorek said that there was an issue brought to the school’s attention back in September, but it was taken care of.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Library uses new dehumidifying technology to fight mold: Aspergillus. Cladosporium. Exotic sounding but most of the time, pretty harmless. But giving just the right temperature, these white powdery molds can be devastating to the bindings on certain types of books, as the Schaffer Library found out about two summers ago. Over 12,000 books had to be removed from the shelves, cleaned and quarantined at an off-site facility. But this spring, thanks to a retrofit of the heating and cooling system that adds new dehumidification capabilities, the books are back on Schaffer shelves. And in an added bonus, excess heat generated from the new equipment will be redirected next door to the geothermal wells in the Wold Center, boosting energy efficiency in that building by 10 percent.
Ridgeville wants to update old fire station: Mold, asbestos, leaky roofs and respiratory infections have plagued the North Ridgeville Fire Station long enough, said Fire Chief John Reese. Reese hopes to see a bond issue or an income tax increase on the November ballot to replace the dilapidated old building.
LEGAL ISSUES and MOLD (2)
CEO of healthcare company sues landlord over mold: A New Orleans man is suing his former landlord for health problems he has experienced that he claims are related to exposure to mold. Mark Rabito filed suit against Cogdell Spencer Inc., EJ Medical Plaza and Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Feb. 15. Rabito claims he rented a property for his business, Southern Brain and Spine LLC (SBS), located at 4228 Houma Blvd. in Metairie from 2006 to 2012. The plaintiff alleges that in January 2012 the property was sold to a new landlord and at that time an inspection found moisture, mold growth and leaks in the walls between a vinyl wall covering and the drywall in rooms occupied by SBS.
Jury finds construction company negligent: Jaynes Corp. on Thursday was found negligent in the 2006 construction of an addition to the Albuquerque Tortilla Co. where mold was found, leading to a succession of problems for the family-owned food business, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The tortilla company stands to receive $5 million based on the verdict, including $1.5 million in punitive damages against Jaynes, the Journal reported. ATC claimed in its lawsuit that the mold problem had been hidden. Jaynes said it had told ATC about the mold after it had a remediation plan in place and had accepted responsibility, according to the Journal. Jaynes attributed the mold to wet weather. The tortilla company blamed haste in installing sheetrock before the roof was in place, the Journal reported.
MISC. (2)
Canadian Grand Prix dealing with mould, fungi: The Canadian Grand Prix is preparing to welcome the world’s best drivers in paddocks that are currently plagued by mould and fungi. The smell inside these installations was overwhelmingly putrid and some mushrooms, which were growing out of the floor, measured as high as 20 cm, QMI Agency learned after it toured the trailers.
Grain handlers wary of toxin lingering in ’12 U.S. corn harvest: Problems with the toxic residue of a mold that attacked the 2012 drought-hit U.S. corn crop may worsen this summer and autumn as Midwest farmers blend off tainted supplies held in storage, grain experts say. The substance, aflatoxin, is a chronic problem in dry, hot southern states like Texas where stressed crops are vulnerable to the mold. But in 2012, the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century extended the aflatoxin threat moved northward into the heart of the Midwest, resulting in the biggest outbreak since the 1980s.