Mold in the News: Issue 12

Mold in the News: Issue 12
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 some stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURE STORY: Court denies appeal of school mold lawsuit: An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Suffolk Public Schools by a former teacher who alleged that mold in her classroom caused her illness. Christina Hood taught fourth grade at Booker T. Washington Elementary School during the 2007-2008 school year. She originally filed suit in June 2009 claiming that the School Board knew about mold and humidity issues in the building and deliberately sought to cover up the problems.
CBC Audio: More Mould in Pikangikum First Nations
Fix them now: Building maintenance has long been a weakness of Harford County Public Schools. Certainly, school buildings are used hard and can’t be expected to last forever. Then again, most school buildings are constructed rather solidly using the best techniques of the day. Even when the old Bel Air High School building was demolished a few years back, it wasn’t falling apart and, with enough work, probably could have been kept serviceable for another half century.
$100K+ To Fix Lead, Mold at Honolulu Hale: Two city departments will together look to hire an emergency contractor to clean up mold and lead at Honolulu Hale — an operation that is expected to cost taxpayers at least $100,000. The contaminants were revealed in a report released last month by a consultant hired to study the safety of city hall last summer. Civil Beat first shared photos and details from the report Thursday.
Take Simple Steps To Reduce Mold In Storm-Impacted Buildings : Recent storms in Indiana may have caused mold. Outside, mold decays leaves, contributing to soil enrichment. However, mold growing inside buildings can cause serious health risks.
Controlling Mold Growth Indoors During Spring Cleaning and the Rest of the Year: Spring is around the corner and with the season’s warming weather we often open up our windows and take on the task of spring cleaning. As a toxicologist for EPA’s Indoor Environments Division, I’m often asked if I have any indoor air quality tips that people might use during spring cleaning. One step people might not think of is to check for excess moisture that could lead to mold growth and take steps to prevent mold from becoming a problem in the home.

Mold in the News: Issue 2

Mold in the News: Issue 2
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mold related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Mold Takes Over Home In Queens: At first you may think it’s just black marker, or perhaps dirt on Patrina Smith’s walls, but a close look reveals large blotches of mold which continue to grow each day at her home in Jamaica Queens. “I walk through the door and see this,” Patrina says as she points to splatters of mold on her ceiling. Over time fur has also grown over the mold in her two bedroom home.
Couple says mold in apartment caused health problems: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, living with mold in your home can cause everything from mild asthma to shortness of breath and even lung disease. “The burning of the eyes, the coughing and the headaches, constant headaches,” said Frank Killian on how he thinks mold affected him. Killen said he and his girlfriend, Deb, dealt with health issues for the past two years because of mold in his apartment.
School cafeteria inspections uncover risky violations such as mold: Updated story on Barton Elementary school mold problem reported earlier.
Broward County Florida Courthouse’s Toxic Mold Alleged to be Cause of Employees’ Illnesses: Allegations contained in lawsuits from 19 past and present employees who worked in the Broward County courthouse claim toxic substances in the building are have made them sick. The injured employees claim the courthouse, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is contaminated with toxic mold and asbestos.
Tenant’s court-approved deal in mold lawsuit in limbo: A court-approved mediated agreement between a woman who said she suffered serious health problems from years of mold contamination in her government-subsidized apartment may have hit a snag.
FEMA: Mold Hazard After Flooding, May Return as Weather Warms: FEMA: Mold Hazard After Flooding, May Return as Weather Warms The floodwaters may have receded months ago, but mold and mildew – dormant during the winter months — may reappear in water-damaged homes as the weather warms. Mold only grows in warm, wet conditions and may have been inactive and unnoticed during the winter months. It can lurk throughout a home, from the attic to the basement and crawl spaces.
One Verona school sets up surveillance to combat vandals; another combats mold: Due to ongoing vandalism at Forest Avenue Elementary School, the Verona Police Department is lending a portable surveillance system to the school, Verona Board of Education member Glenn Elliot announced at last week’s board meeting. Mold keeps reappearing in the basement storage area of F.N. Brown Elementary school. Student do not spend class or activity time in the affected area.