Category Archives: Environment

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Mold Attacks Native American reservation

Mold has infested and sickened public housing units at the Lac Courte Oreille Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation. Now the question is posed if the tribe has mishandled $1 million in taxpayer money. A grant was awarded, but only a handful of houses have been repaired, and the cost to complete the repairs has grown substantially. A hundred members of the Lac Courte Oreille Band have requested a forensic audit of tribal accounts.


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Hillsborough Township School District Spends $342,000 for Mold Removal

Hillsborough Township School District, New Jersey, has spent $342,000 to clean up mold at Hillsborough High School.

The mold was discovered in 11 rooms, including the video-conference room, auditorium, 2 teacher work rooms, and 7 classrooms.

According to high school Principal Karen Bingert, 8 out of the 11 rooms have been cleaned and opened while the work is underway in the other rooms.


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NASA’s Cargo Run to International Space Station Delayed Due to Mold on Packing Bags


NASA has delayed the next cargo run to the International Space Station after black mold was found in two packing bags.

According to NASA spokesman Daniel Huot, the unmanned Orbital ATK Cygnus craft was scheduled for March 10 and was more than halfway packed when the black mold was discovered in two fabric bags used for packing food, clothing, and other supplies.

According to Huot, “Micro-organisms are everywhere and this type of micro-organism is not uncommon… NASA inspects, samples and disinfects cargo bags to ensure a safe environment for the crew members.”

The cargo ship is now expected to depart by March 22 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The source of contamination is being investigated.


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Duncan Fire Station Closed due to Mold Problem

Duncan fire station number 3, located at 1701 Elder in Duncan, Oklahoma, was recently closed after mold was discovered in the living quarters and office space.

According to Duncan Fire Chief Dayton Burnside, “Once the city discovered the mold, they had it tested and got the report back…then paid an environmental specialist out of Lawton to come … and chemically treat the mold that was visible and throughout the station. The report said once we treated and all the surface mold was gone we had to rip out all the wood stuff and get behind the wood and have it re-treated again…It is up to the city manger and council if it is feasible to remove all the areas that have mold, repair and rebuild or to re-locate.”

The fire crews have been temporary relocated to the downtown fire station, however, officials plan to place a temporary building outside the fire station by Monday.


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Franklin County Health Department Faces Mold Issue

The Franklin County Health Department building in Columbus, Ohio, was temporarily shut down on September 2, due to mold issues.

According to Franklin County manager Angela Harris, the building was briefly vacated to seal off mold-infested areas for treatment. The staff was requested to vacate the building and customer services were made limited.

Harris said the department was informed about the issue on August 21 and the test reports came out within 4 days. “We have had employees complain about sinus and allergy problems since the report came out… Perhaps 20 or more have expressed that they have had, in some point in time, an allergy or sinus problems,” she said.


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Mold Detected in Fayette County Elementary School


Fayette County school district officials have detected mold in Huddleston Elementary School, Peachtree City, Georgia.

Principal Heidi Pfannenstiel said the Fayette County school district has cleaned the mold-infested classrooms and confirmed that it was not black mold.

In a letter addressed to the parents, she wrote, “There are some individuals with a higher sensitivity to molds in the environment; however, the air quality reports are well within an acceptable range, as reported by the industrial hygienist.”


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Vanderbilt University Residence Halls Inspected for Mold Growth

Discovery of mold in some residence halls of Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, prompted the management to inspect around 500 rooms in September.

Vanderbilt’s senior director of housing operations, Jim Kramka, said that the presence of mold was reported in some old buildings which were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s, making them particularly vulnerable to mold during humid seasons.

According to Kramka, shortly after the students moved-in in August, they started reporting the presence of mold and mildew in the rooms. The cleaning crews were then directed to sweep through every room.

The mold was usually found in the air-conditioning units. The crews cleaned up the areas, treated the surfaces to prevent further mold growth and when required, helped the students to clean their clothing as well.

Kramka confirmed that the mold was not harmful. “These are environmental molds…It wouldn’t be something I would call an emergency.”


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Mold Tests to be Conducted in Katonah-Lewisboro Schools

An anonymous complaint lodged with the state Department of Labor has prompted the Katonah-Lewisboro school district, South Salem, New York, to get 5 out of 6 buildings tested for mold infestation.

Some weeks ago, the teachers union had expressed their concern regarding the presence of mold. However, the administration, after “visually re-examining the areas in question”, confirmed that there was no evidence backing up the concern. A statement released by the district stated, “Because no evidence had been discovered, no subsequent action was taken.”

Recently, as a result of the notification received on August 22 by the state Labor Department, the district has hired an environmental engineering firm to conduct air quality tests.


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Mold Infested House Poses Health Threat to Queens Neighbours

Some residents of Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, have complained that a nearby mold infested house has become a health threat for them.

According to them, the house sustained damages due to Superstorm Sandy and has since been left abandoned by the owners.

The next door resident Joyce Zoller said that the house is filled with debris and mold, which is contaminating her house too. “It’s affected my eye. My eye is always oozing. I’m back and forth to doctors. My lungs, I’m on inhaler,”said Zoller.

The residents of the house located on the other side of the abandoned house also reported health issues. One of the resident, Sherry Calamia, said, “My asthma has really gotten bad since we moved back…I have to use my steroids, my pumps every day.”

The house was over taken by HSBC after it went into foreclosure. They said that they are looking into the issue.


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Monticello City Hall to Get a Grant of $129,986 for Mold Remediation

On April 22, 2014, the city council of Monticello, Florida, approved a resolution to accept bids worth $129,986 from Environmental Protection Associates, for solving mold and other related issues of the Monticello City Hall.

A major contributor in the project will be GIF, who will be providing a grant of $15,000.

The funds will be used for microbial remediation, waterproofing, tuck pointing and other similar works.

The maintenance and repair activities will be carried out during evenings and on the weekends.