Mold in the News: Issue 70

Mold in the News: Issue 70
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 8 stories we thought may interest you!
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Staten Islanders rebuilding homes after Hurricane Sandy warned about dangers of mold: Staten Islanders who are trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild their homes after Hurricane Sandy need to be cautious of a threat that can cause major health risks months later — and cost thousands of additional dollars to correct. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) and a host of other elected officials began spreading the word about mold Tuesday afternoon at a press conference at Miller Field in New Dorp, warning residents to thoroughly dry out their homes down to the wooden frames.
Parents ‘scared’ as Terrace Manor prinicipal retires; superintendent ducks mold questions: A principal who was escorted out of a Richmond County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night has announced his retirement. Parents say they are scared. School police were called in when we tried to ask questions about mold concerns at the school. “You can’t be on the premises of the school. Don’t record me,” said the officer. “You need to go to the sidewalk.” The tense moments came after retiring school Principal Gibbons pounded the pavement outside the Board of Education to raise awareness about the issue. “There is a stifling odor,” said parent Joyce Munford. “And then I looked at teachers with the masks on.” “Teachers are wearing masks?” we asked.
Principal ejected from Richmond County school board committee meeting after outburst: An elementary school principal was escorted out of the Richmond County Board of Education committee meeting Tuesday by two school safety officers after yelling that board members ignored his concerns about mold and asbestos in his building.
DACC officials downplay mold concerns; others not so sure: Complaints about possible mold in a Doña Ana Community College central-campus building with an aging, leaky roof prompted officials to carry out special testing last month. The review by an environmental consultant did turn up some mold in one room of the building, the campus tutoring center, but in relatively low concentrations, said David Shearer, assistant director for New Mexico State University’s Environmental Health and Safety office.
Williamsburg humidity causes mold problems at the College: High humidity and frequent storms throughout the last six months in Williamsburg have left the College of William and Mary increasingly vulnerable to those black spots that make people’s hair stand on end: mold. “I guess the mold had been there since we moved in. It was on the ceiling tile,” Stephanie Krauss ’15 said. “The ceiling had water spots and then the water grew and spread. It was gray and then green and then black. It was disgusting. Your room is supposed to be somewhere you feel at home, but we didn’t really want to be there.” Mold grows when warm, moist air comes into a cool building. When this humid air hits a cold surface, such as the cold water pipes that make up the air conditioning system of many residence halls, mold can grow.
Father claims council mould treatment could be harmful: Jonathan Adams said his wife and young children have endured a catalogue of problems since they moved into the rented council house in September 2008, including a leaking roof and persistent mould on the walls. Mr Adams said, despite repeated requests to Babergh District Council during the past four years, most of the jobs have not been completed. He has now been told the local authority will treat the house for mould, but he fears the chemicals contractors intend to use could be harmful to his children, who are aged one, four and six.
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Drought increases concern about ear molds in late-harvested corn: The concern about ear mold in late-harvested corn is higher than normal this year following a drought that created conditions ripe for the development of Aspergillus ear rot, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist says. Drought-stressed corn is more susceptible to infection by Aspergillus flavus, an ear rot fungus that produces a very potent group of carcinogenic toxins, called aflatoxins. Aflatoxins can be harmful when present in both livestock feed and food for human consumption, said Pierce Paul, also a researcher with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Gooey substance inside Vitamin Water tested and found to be mold: Several consumers in the U.S. have complained about a gooey substance found inside bottles of Vitamin Water they’ve purchased. One consumer brought his to a lab and the results are in. The liquid beverage was found to contain bacteria and mold. According to CBS News 8 in San Diego, a consumer alert is being issued on Vitamin Water, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola. Consumers in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and San Diego have all complained about a “blob” in their bottles of Vitamin Water.