Mold in the News: Issue 80

Mold in the News: Issue 80
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In the Rockaways it’s a losing battle against mold and the cold: MONTHS AFTER Hurricane Sandy left their homes a wreck, dozens of Rockaways households are still living without heat and in homes coated with toxic mold, a new survey has found. The nonprofit New York Communities for Change canvassed thousands of homeowners shortly after the Oct. 29 storm, then revisited 200 families in the last two weeks. The results — set for release Wednesday — portray the Queens peninsula as neglected by relief agencies, including insurers, the city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The report singles out Mayor Bloomberg’s Rapid Repair program, stating that it’s failed to address basic repairs in homes particularly hard-hit by the storm.
Little Ferry homes left with mold after storm: Hurricane Sandy left many residents across the borough with water damage to their homes and property. A seemingly small but potentially dangerous product of the flooding — mold — has one local expert concerned. “I’m finding people have no idea when it comes to mold,” said Henry Scheyer III, a licensed New Jersey home inspector and certified mold inspector and assessor. “When I’m called into Little Ferry, I notice mold running rampant. People say, ‘I cleaned with bleach and water and it’s gone.’ But I do an air sample or swab, and I’m finding mold. Only a couple of people are doing mold remediation properly,” Scheyer said, noting he has seen dozens of Little Ferry homes with incorrect remediation.
Michigan hospital opens outbreak clinic to find a cure for mold in brain membranes: After his first day working at St Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital’s newly created Fungal Outbreak Clinic, Dr David Vandenberg struggled to describe to his boss the enormity of what lay ahead. He settled on a line from the movie Jaws. “We’re going to need a bigger boat,” Vandenberg told Dr Lakshmi Halasyamani, chief medical officer of the Michigan hospital, echoing the film’s local police chief after he first eyes a 25-foot (7.5-metre) killer shark. The St Joseph Mercy clinic has been at the front line of the fight against one of the biggest ever U.S. outbreaks of fungal meningitis, a killer infection that has been traced to tainted steroid shots from a Massachusetts pharmacy.
Montevallo Elementary plans to reopen this week after mold, asbestos concerns: Shelby County School District plans to reopen Montevallo Elementary this week after conducting cleaning and other work throughout the building following ongoing mold and asbestos concerns. Montevallo Elementary School is the focus of several construction and cleanup projects due to concerns about mold and asbestos at the building that closed on Dec. 12 in light of air quality test results but plans to reopen to staff on Jan. 2 and students the following day. School district public relations supervisor Cindy Warner in an e-mail this afternoon said plans include reopening the facility to teachers and staff on Wednesday and to students for classes on Thursday.
Health Risk for LEOs: Mold Exposure: Law enforcement is a complex yet rewarding career. Most people appreciate the danger law enforcement personnel face from perpetrators. However, most LEOs are unaware of the health risks associated with drug vaults and evidence rooms. Hundreds of police personnel working in cramped and poorly-ventilated rooms are negatively affected by the air quality within their “breathing zone.” Evidence and property rooms are often located in the windowless basements of the law enforcement buildings. They are filled with boxes and bags of biological evidence, illegal substances, and narcotics. Technicians work in dry, musty, stale, and smelly environments, and are constantly exposed to dirt, soot, mold spores, bacteria, and dust mites. These unwanted substances pose serious health hazards to their health and well-being.
MISC. (1)
Get right expert for mold removal: The last time we met, I wrote about a couple in Elkins Park, Pa., who were dealing with the expensive cleanup of a purported mold problem that began with a routine energy audit. In the homeowners’ defense — which they failed to mention in their first email to me — they had obtained other estimates and had done as much homework as civilians can do on problems that often require an impartial expert.