Mold in the News:
Living with Mold
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Even with high levels of unhealthy mold in
her house, a First Coast woman says she cannot afford to move her
Mold can happen to anyone in a new or old home. Last February, First
Coast News introduced viewers to Linda Armstrong. She had just tested
her home for mold and the results confirmed the levels of toxic mold
were so high that she was told to move out of the home. One year later,
she's still there. MORE
By: Carmen Coursey
News 13 On Your Side
Feb 18, 2003
I almost laughed when Bill Fisher, a mold inspector for Mobile
Tech, handed me a mask and goggles before our tour of a Panama City
Beach home. But once inside, I was glad for the protection.
"This is the bathroom door, and as you can see, it's just like
the dining area door, covered with mold," said Bill. MORE
Parents say mold making students sick
They say their children attending King Middle School have developed
a variety of ailments.
By LAURA GREEN
BRADENTON -- District officials who came to King Middle School on
Thursday to discuss the status of a renovation project were instead
confronted by parents complaining that mold at the school is making
students and staff sick.
"We're at the point where we feel like the only way to get
things done is to storm the School Board," said parent Cathy
Alliance Opposes Texas Mold Remediation Bill
January 23, 2003
The Alliance of American Insurers announced its opposition to HB
329, a bill introduced into the Texas House of Representatives that
would create the Mold Assessors and Remediators Act. The act would
establish regulations for mold remediation and provide educational
and licensing requirements for individuals engaged in mold remediation.
Tenants fed up with mold Hayward lawsuit against landlord
Jason B. Johnson, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, January 22,
Every night between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., Joseph Mayer, 15, is awakened
by the tightness in his chest. Coughing and shaking, he must suck
on a plastic tube connected to a breathing device to calm his asthma
Joseph's parents believe their son's condition was caused by black
mold growing throughout their two-bedroom northeast Hayward apartment,
which has a thick musty smell. MORE
ESCAPE FROM MOLD MANOR: APTS. ON SALE
By BRADEN KEIL
January 30, 2003 -- RESIDENTS at 515 Park Ave. are fleeing - and
listing - their eight-figure luxury lairs after learning about a toxic
mold spreading throughout their high-maintenance building.
Several of the condo apartments, ranging from $7.9 million to $23
million, are flooding the already-strained market for ultra-luxury
Courthouse - Mold May or May Not Be Cause of Illness
Thu, Jan 30, 2003
Officials using neutralizer spray to clean air
By Julie Allison
The Morning News/NWAonline.net
ROGERS -- Peggy Butterbaugh has had pneumonia four times in 18
months, and she spent 10 days in the hospital last year.
Butterbaugh, who works in the Carroll County clerk's office, is
one of several employees at the Carroll County Courthouse in Berryville
who have suffered from illnesses that could not be explained. MORE
Workers sue over alleged mold exposure
By Todd Ruger
At least 11 employees of the Iowa Department of Corrections facility
at 605 Main St., Davenport, are suing the building’s owner for
damage to their health, citing the building’s water leaks, air-quality
problems and high levels of mold.
Eight lawsuits filed Monday in Scott County District Court accuse
Community Resources Corp., the not-for-profit company that owns the
building, of negligence for allegedly failing to identify and repair
water leaks, ignoring visible mold and failing to prevent mold growth
or repair raw sewage leaks. MORE
Mold costs still growing
By Tim Ruel
The cost of the mold infection at Hilton Hawaiian Village has reached
an estimated $55 million, because of a $15 million jump in expected
spending on system and product improvements, Hilton Hotels Corp. said
The Beverly Hills, Calif.-based company plans $35 million in mold-related
spending this year, which is in addition to $20 million in charges
taken by Hilton last year for investigation and remediation efforts.
It's still not clear how much of the damage will be covered by insurance,
Hilton officials told analysts today. MORE
Black mold can pose danger
By Derek Gentile
Berkshire Eagle Staff
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Black mold, also called mildew, is about as
old as dust. There is even mention of it in the Old Testament.
According to the Book of Leviticus, Chapter 14, verses 33-38, "on
the seventh day, the priest shall return to inspect the house. If
the mildew has spread on the walls, he is to order that the contaminated
stones be torn out and thrown into an unclean place outside the town."
Black mold is a member of the fungi kingdom, of which there are
more than 1 million individual species, including mushrooms, molds
and yeasts. MORE
Harmful mold invades one woman's home
You may have a problem in your home and not even know it. It can hurt
your health and cost thousands of dollars to repair.
The problem is mold, and many people like Germaine Thomas never
thought it could cause so much damage.
For many years, it was an invisible enemy in Germaine’s home.
She says it's caused health problems. MORE
Dogs sniff out termites, toxic mold in buildings
By DWIGHT DANA
FLORENCE -- Sydney's mission at Cumberland United Methodist Church
was to make sure the foundation remains firm for its members.
Restoration plans are in the wings for the historic church located
along South Coit Street. But the restoration progress is being hampered
because the foundation is under attack by ageless and undiscriminating
Black Mold Displaces Businesses
By Dawn Russell
At least one suite in a shopping and business complex in Flowood has
shut its doors because of mold. Some people who still work there are
worried about the problem.
If you shop at the Cavalier Shoppe, you're out of luck for now.
The clothing store, which is located in a shopping and business complex
off Lakeland Drive, has closed it's doors because of a mold problem.
The owner says the mold was caused by a leak in the roof. MORE
Western Hills High School accelerates mold cleanup
By Martha Deller
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
BENBROOK -- Cleanup will intensify this week at Western Hills High
School where hidden mold was uncovered last year after a construction-related
air conditioning outage aggravated old flooding damage in 26 basement
American Environmental, which cleaned mold from two other schools
last summer, will complete work begun by district employees after
the mold was detected at Western Hills last fall, said Mike Lee, the
district's lead environmental coordinator. MORE
Steiner School is closed for cleanup of toxic mold
By Ellen G. Lahr
Berkshire Eagle Staff
GREAT BARRINGTON -- High levels of toxic mold at the Rudolf Steiner
School have prompted school leaders to shut down the main West Plain
Road campus and to relocate the school operations for as long as six
to eight weeks, until a cleanup project is complete.
The school was closed last Friday, after school leaders reviewed
initial results of an environmental engineering report conducted in
late all when some unidentified mold was uncovered in a wall cavity.
First Mysterious Rash, Now Dangerous Mold
The search for the cause of a mysterious rash that has plagued the
Dongola School since early January leads district leaders to a frightening
discovery. Tests done inside the Union County School building Friday
revealed the presence of Stachybotrys, or black mold, a potentially
dangerous growth that can cause breathing and other health problems.
Local School has mold problem
Local parents say mold in their school is making their children
sick. Now the school is trying clean up the mess.
For weeks, parents of students at Washington Charter School said
their children were coming home with bloody noses and allergy symptoms.
They say they didn't know what the problem was, until they discovered
mold in their classroom. MORE
Hudson pair sues builder over mold
By ANDREW WOLFE, Telegraph Staff
NASHUA – A Hudson couple charges that a local builder skimped
on construction of their house, resulting in an outbreak of toxic
Edward and Joan Marden, of 2 Nathaniel Drive, sued Sousa Realty
and Development Corp., of 46 Lowell Road in Hudson, in November in
Hillsborough County Superior Court.
Their lawsuit claims the roof and attic of the house Sousa built
for them didn’t meet town building codes. Sousa disputes the
couple’s claims, and contends state law bars any claims for
faulty construction more than eight years after a building is completed.
County Schools Dealing With Mold Problem At Red Bank Middle School
posted February 3, 2003
A small section of Red Bank Middle School has been closed off after
some mold was found during repairs for a leaky steam pipe.
County School Supt. Dr. Jesse Register said, "We believe we
have the problem isolated and are dealing with it. We do not believe
it will be necessary to transfer any students away from the school."
Federal agency to investigate mold complaints at school
BY MICHAEL ERB, The Island Packet
Other stories by Michael Erb
Published Tuesday, February 4th, 2003
Representatives from a division of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention will be at Hilton Head Elementary School this week
to survey teachers and test air quality. MORE
Managing Mold, and Lawsuits
By JAY ROMANO
ACCORDING to the Insurance Information Institute, an industry organization
based in New York, there are more than 10,000 mold-related lawsuits
pending in state courts across the country.
And while most of those suits were filed in states like Florida,
California and Texas — where weather conditions make it easier
for mold to get a foothold — some New York lawyers say that
multimillion dollar jury awards in some of those cases seem to be
inspiring an increasing number of mold-related claims here. As a result,
property managers and lawyers who represent co-ops, condominiums and
owners of rental buildings are doing everything they can to ensure
that the buildings they represent will not wind up in a mold-related
Health Concerns Breed Suits Over Mold
December 31, 2002
By AARON FAUST, Courant Staff Writer
ENFIELD -- Stephen Champagne says the mold in his rented Elm Street
home has sent him to the hospital twice and is responsible for the
headaches, fatigue, memory loss and respiratory ailments he has suffered
since he moved in a year and a half ago.
His son, who lives with his mother, is no longer allowed to go inside
the house, he said, because 4-year-old Stefan's neck balloons to the
size of a football and his nose bleeds. MORE
Mold problem being addressed
Dec. 30, 2002
The Horry County Schools system is spending about $300,000 to deal
with a mold problem at Myrtle Beach Primary School. MORE
Hoosiers blaming mold for problems
December 30 -- Indiana residents and people nationwide are increasingly
blaming mold in their homes for ill health.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says over 10,000 mold-related lawsuits
are pending across the country. Indiana is among a few states which
have proposed legislation to research mold problems and consider how
to regulate them. MORE
Mold issues continue to spread
BY MEGGEN LINDSAY
Times Staff Writer
Homes have been razed and schools emptied in recent years, as Indiana
residents and families nationwide increasingly attribute ill health
and property damage to the phenomenon of mold.
Although mold in itself is nothing new, its contamination has become
a financial and legal nightmare for property owners and insurance
Mold issue spreads concern
Growth hinders couple's ideal of a warm, fuzzy home in Cedarburg
By DAN BENSON
Dec. 28, 2002
Cedarburg - Winter is a time for woolly boots, not "extremely
fuzzy" boots, like the mold-covered pair in the basement of the
remodeled home of Cynthia Collins-Hansen and her husband, Lowell Hansen.
The boots stand as a damp testament to a Hansen family ordeal that
began three years ago and has resulted in them being forced out of
their mold-infested Cambridge Ave. home last February.
Moldy carpet, moldy walls, moldy furniture. MORE
Residents Say They’ve Tested for Black Mold
(Friday, December 27, 2002
Not only is black mold present in their apartments, it’s also in their
blood, say some Granbury Housing Authority residents.
Former housing authority resident Melia Barker stated she and her
children recently tested positive for black mold antibodies in their
Girl's Homecoming Delayed: Her House Could Kill Her
Mold Has Taken Over Family's Corona Home
December 27, 2002
ORANGE, Calif. -- The homecoming for hospitalized leukemia patient
Camarae Casillas is being delayed because her house could kill her.
The 14-year-old didn't get her wish to go home for Christmas after
treatments at Children's Hospital of Orange County because mold has
taken over the family home in Corona. MORE
Mold makes her sick, teacher says
Los Banos district to retest portables, clean ductwork.
By Mike Conway
The Modesto Bee
(Published Tuesday, December 24, 2002, 5:54 AM)
LOS BANOS -- A second-grade teacher says her classroom is infected
with mold that makes her sick. Cathy Cox avoids using the heater because
it stirs up the spores and even tried wearing a surgical mask to see
if that would help cut down the problems in her portable classroom.
NAII Says 35 States Have Adopted ISO Mold Limitations
December 24, 2002
Thirty-five states have adopted an approved Insurance Services Office
(ISO) mold limitation for homeowners coverage, which allows insurers
to exclude coverage for loss caused by mold and wet or dry rot, unless
the conditions result from a covered peril. According to the National
Association of Independent Insurers (NAII), a separate limit for mold
damage resulting from a covered peril may be added by endorsement.
State Farm passes on mold
BY CARA BUCKLEY
One-fifth of Florida's condo associations faces rate hikes of 132
percent and will no longer have mold coverage, marking the latest
chapter in insurers' efforts to head off an explosion in mold-related
Leaks, mold strike Doral apartments
Tenants in at least 60 percent of the 384 rental units at the 3-year-old
Jefferson at Doral luxury apartment complex in Miami-Dade County have
been asked to leave so the landlord can fix water leaks and isolated
cases of mildew. MORE
Appeals court knocks down $32 million judgement in toxic mold case
AUSTIN - In a high-profile case involving a mold-damaged home, a
state appeals court on Thursday reduced a jury verdict against Farmers
Insurance Group from $32 million to $4 million plus interest and attorneys
Insurer, Fla. break ground over mold
Homeowners to get 'broad-based coverage,' state says
BY DALE K. DuPONT
December 18 2002
The Florida Department of Insurance and Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
Cos. reached agreement Tuesday on mold coverage, one of the prickliest
issues facing homeowners and insurers.
While both sides stress that this is only one case involving one
company, it appears to be the first detailed guideline on this issue
in Florida. MORE
Crews to check Kennedy Junior High for mold
By Kari Hartman Daily Herald Staff Writer
December 18 2002
While school officials consider how to tackle elevated levels of carbon
dioxide at Kennedy Junior High, consultants also will check the Lisle
school for mold over winter break.
The probe was sparked by complaints of headaches and sinus problems
from several teachers at Kennedy. Some wonder if their health woes
can be traced to the school's air quality. MORE
Mold closes Loudon hotel Owner, builders, designers working on problem
By REBECCA FERRAR,
December 18, 2002
One of the key issues forcing closure of the Holiday Inn Express
in Loudon County is a mysterious mold in the rooms, the construction
contractor and state health inspectors have confirmed. MORE
Battle against mold
By JENNIFER HICKS
December 17 2002
It lurks in shower stalls, basements, other damp areas, and can cause
serious health problems. It's mold, an organic fungus that's been
around for billions of years. It's also the cause of many health problems
in humans, as well as structural damage in homes and buildings.
"If you see mold, it's something that needs to be removed,"
said John Bolduc, executive vice president of the Eastern Connecticut
Association of Realtors in Norwich. MORE
New Home Found For Shelter Plagued By Mold
$1.5 Million Project To Be Completed Within 20 Months
December 16, 2002
CLEVELAND -- Officials said that mold has been attacking the county's
shelter for homeless women and children, creating a dangerous environment.
Mold Is Becoming A Significant Real Estate Matter
by Stuart Lieberman
Who ever heard of a home not selling because of mold? Or of a "mold
contingency?" Five years ago, no one ever heard of such a thing.
But mold is getting more attention and home inspectors need to look
for mold on a regular basis, if they are not doing so already.
Most of us laugh at the idea of mold entering into a real estate
transaction. But here is the problem: mold litigation is on the rise.
More and more lawyers are handling cases relating to mold exposure.
And some judgments have been awarded in these cases, suggesting that
they may have legal punch. MORE
$557,000 home must be torn down because of mold
Published Dec. 12, 2002
WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. -- In May, Brian and Kaare Lotz bought a $557,000
home, a perfect fit, they thought, for their growing family.
It had a small yard and needed few repairs before the family moved
But it also had a hidden problem - mold. MORE
Area officials tackling mold concerns
Sun staff writer
The black slime under your sink is becoming your insurance agent's
Across the country, insurance companies and health officials say
they've watched complaints about mold - a fungus that can cause health
problems ranging from stuffy noses to asthma - surge during the past
No Sold If There's Mold
by Blanche Evans
You've heard of Radon, asbestos and lead paint. Now meet the newest
official pollutant - mold. Mold is a biological pollutant, a fungi
that grows in moist conditions. Molds are found in up to 50 percent
of all structures, according to the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA.) And it could kill your next real estate deal.
Milton, Ontario Realtor Chris Newell recently lost a sale because
of indoor mold. "The seller had a pre-sale inspection done, and
it revealed minor cosmetic problems," says Newell. "My buyers
brought in a 'good' inspector, and he discovered that the entire underside
of the roof was covered in black mold." MORE
Whose Mold Is It Anyway?
by Stuart Lieberman
You live in an apartment and it has a lot of mold. Good news? Bad
news? News at all? The answer is all three.
It's good news if you are a mold hobbiest. What an opportunity.
And if you can harvest the penicillin, so much the better.
It's bad news if you are one of the many people who react poorly
to mold. Some of us just sneeze. Others can become pretty ill. MORE
Is the fungus in your floorboards making you sick? With no clear answers,
panic and lawsuits abound
By ANITA HAMILTON
Sunday, Jun. 24, 2001
Sharyn Iler, 52, of the Woodlands, Texas, an upscale suburb of Houston,
couldn't figure out what was wrong. Every time she went into her bathroom
to put on makeup, her eyes started burning. She felt constantly exhausted,
her vision was blurry and she had a dry cough that just wouldn't quit.
Black mold turns home into a prison
By DONNA HARRIS
BASIN -- Like a convict on death row, Frances Prescott spends her
life in a gas chamber waiting for the poison to kill her.
Red and Frances Prescott's home in the southern George County community
of Basin has been invaded by black mold that is spreading through
their ceiling and walls. Some of the airborne mold spores have started
growing in Frances Prescott's lungs, slowly suffocating her to death.
Whether you rent or own, a little bit of water in your home can quickly
grow into a health problem. Mold is a toxic threat.
While experts dispute how dangerous the spores are to your health,
one thing is certain, mold clean up is a booming industry. MORE
Sexy it's Not, but Mold is Real Hot
Bob Van Voris
The National Law Journal
The next time you see Julia Roberts battling corporate evildoers in
spike heels and a push-up bra, don't be surprised if the villains
are named stachybotrys, aspergillus and penicillium.
Erin Brockovich, the real-life law-firm clerk portrayed by Roberts
in last year's hit movie, has a house with a bad mold problem. And,
like many others who claim that they have been forced from their homes
and workplaces by toxic mold, she's suing. Brockovich v. Morrison
Associates, No. 051037 (Los Angeles Co. Super. Ct.). MORE
Tests on apartment mold show wide growth, variety
State wants plan for cleanup at Elsmere complex
By EDWARD L. KENNEY
Tests on mold samples that state officials collected at an Elsmere
apartment complex indicate a variety of molds, some of which can cause
allergic reactions and infections.
"The mold was not only extensive in its growth, but there was
a large variety," state toxicologist Gerald Llewellyn said, referring
to the preliminary findings released by the state's Division of Public
Health. "Probably one type of mold has grown on top of another."
Search reveals no mold in Hawkins County schools
Friday, November 08, 2002
By Jeff Bobo
ROGERSVILLE - In light of the black mold crisis gripping schools
in Sullivan County, Hawkins County School Superintendent Tommy Dykes
said he recently initiated a search for mold in his schools, which
revealed his district to be "black mold free." MORE
Mold another problem at CASD school
By Bajeerah Lowe, Special to the Coatesville Ledger November 08, 2002
Reports of mold in the Coatesville Area Ninth and Tenth Grade Center
have prompted the administration to hire an engineering firm to inspect
the building, said Superintendent James T. Scarnati.
A full report of findings along with short-term and long-term solutions
is to be presented in time for the December board meeting. MORE
Kingsport City Schools closing part of Annex due to mold concerns
Saturday, November 09, 2002
By J.H. Osborne
KINGSPORT - Mold concerns have closed, at least temporarily, the
part of the Kingsport City Schools Annex that houses the system's
It means about 30 KCS students - enrolled in the system's "New
Horizons" program - and another 20 or so participants in the
school system's "GED +2" program will not have classes Monday.
Acting Superintendent Richard Kitzmiller said air and surface testing
for mold has already begun, and some results may begin to trickle
in over the weekend. MORE
AAI Discourages Md. Mold Coverage Mandate
November 8, 2002
The Alliance of American Insurers (AAI) pressed the Maryland Insurance
Administration not to establish coverage mandate, arguing that such
a mandate would destabilize the state's homeowners insurance market.
"Any appropriate solution to the mold issue must address availability,
affordability and choice, otherwise the Maryland consumer will be
the ultimate loser," said Neil Malady, Alliance Mid-Atlantic
regional manager speaking at an informational hearing. MORE
Galt Boys and Girls Club Closed After Mold is Discovered
Children in Galt are being turned away from their after school haven
after mold was discovered in the Boys and Girls Club.
The city was first alerted to the problem about a week and a half
ago. During a routine inspection, a city employee noticed what appeared
to be mold growing in an equipment room. Tests were immediately ordered.
November 6, 2002
Defamation suit filed in $32M mold case
Melinda Ballard, the victor in a high-profile $32 million mold case
in the Dripping Springs area, claims Farmers Insurance Group of Cos.
and a company spokesman falsely accused her of committing insurance
fraud, according to a lawsuit. MORE
'Black mold' closes Bristol elementary
Holston View to be closed for at least the rest of this week
by DAVID McGEE
Bristol Herald Courier
Bristol Tennessee's Holston View Elementary School will be closed
for at least the rest of this week, after "black mold" was
found in parts of the building, school officials said Monday.
Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum was found on ceiling tiles
in the school's "A-pod" and "B-pod," Director
of Schools Steve Dixon said. Officials began testing in city schools
after the toxic mold was discovered in nearby Sullivan East High School.
School officials took 13 samples from Holston View and all tested
positive for some type of mold, with two testing positive for black
mold, Dixon said. MORE
Flood-stricken residents should be wary of mold
By JAIME LUGIBIHL
November 5, 2002
HOUMA – Flooding from Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili
may have ebbed, but the accompanying health hazards have not.
While pulling out carpets and pouring bleach may seem the obvious
solution to cleaning a building after flooding, some experts warn
that without proper care, toxic molds can grow during the weeks following
More than 1,000 molds are found inside homes throughout the United
States, where they spread and reproduce by making spores. MORE
Nov 4, 2002
Holston View Elementary Closed Due To Black Mold
by Meredyth Fox
Bristol, Tennessee City Schools Director Steve Dixon announced Monday
that Holston View Elementary will be closed for the remainder of the
week due to the discovery of black mold in the building.
The announcement comes after school officials learned that a test
on ceiling tiles, which were being routinely replaced, tested positive
for the mold. School officials have been randomly selecting suspicious
ceiling tiles from buildings where individuals had expressed concern.
Dixon said the school system is still in the process of testing additional
buildings. The results from those tests are not yet available. MORE
Mold discovery shuts down library
Vesic Library to reopen after specialists clean affected books
by Andrew Card
November 05, 2002
An unlikely foe has recently barred students and faculty members
from entering sections of the Vesic Library for Engineering, Mathematics
Mold discovered on an unspecified number of books in early October
caused University officials to seal-off the library's first and third
floors, which contain about 100,000 volumes of material in the physical
sciences and mathematics. MORE
Mold forces two schools to move class
By CAMERON COLLINS
Mold in Montgomery Central High School and Northeast Middle School
has forced officials to move classes and clean heating and air conditioning
systems this academic year.
At MCHS, the air conditioner will have to be replaced.
But the mold situation is not as bad as it was recently in East Tennessee,
where three local schools were closed because of toxic conditions.
Holston View Elementary begins black mold eradication process
Thursday, November 07, 2002
By Matthew Lane
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Efforts to eradicate black mold from Holston View
Elementary School were delayed on Tuesday but will be continuing through
the rest of the week, school officials announced Wednesday.
Bristol Superintendent of Schools Steve Dixon announced Monday afternoon
that the school would remain closed the remainder of the week after
he found out earlier in the day that two drop-ceiling tiles from the
school tested positive for black mold. MORE
CALN -- Reports of mold in the Coatesville Area Ninth and 10th
Grade Center have prompted the administration to hire an engineering
firm to inspect the building, said Superintendent James T. Scarnati.
A full report of findings along with short-term and long-term solutions
is to be presented in time for the December board meeting.
In the meantime, said Scarnati, extra cleaning of the school, including
the air ducts and ventilation system, has been ordered and alternative
education opportunities have been offered to the handful of students
complaining of severe allergies. MORE
Mold report expected next week
Cost to test school rises to $48,000
BY MICHAEL ERB, The Island Packet
Published Tuesday, November 5th, 2002
Parents and school officials hope to finally learn if mold problems
exist in Hilton Head Elementary School when findings from a nearly
two-week air quality study are presented next week. MORE
Another Black Mold Case
Date 5 November 2002
Another school in our area is closing because of black mold.
Holston View Elementary in Bristol, Tennessee will be closed the rest
of this week.
The mold was found on two ceiling tiles during routine testing.
Parents, faculty and students were told about the results Monday.
More air tests will be conducted this week. MORE
October 31, 2002
Mold Rush Days
By CARL H. TEPPER
A home is a man's castle, and every castle needs a moat to dissuade
attackers. In this day and age, instead of a moat the homeowner needs
knowledge of current events, a good insurance company, and common
sense to fend off the hoards of lawyers and unscrupulous contractors
who have encircled American communities. For years, lawyers and contractors
have been utilizing scare tactics to swindle millions of dollars from
homeowners and insurance companies.
The use of junk science to cheat homeowners and insurance companies
started with the asbestos scare of the 1960's. Even today American
cities are filled with needlessly abandoned buildings because of lawyers,
unscrupulous contractors, and knee-jerk government reaction causing
the evacuation of formerly valuable assets. When the lawyers, contractors
and politicians milked the asbestos issue for all it was worth, they
turned to the myth of radon gas, then radon gas turned into toxic
poisoning, then electromagnetic waves (they're coming back again),
and now mold. MORE
REGION It's the same mold story health officials are hearing
If you spot mold, just get rid of it and the moisture causing it,
health officials say.
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
Valley residents have steadily become more aware of mold problems
in homes, apartments, schools and office buildings.
Even the Trumbull County Health Department isn't immune. The basement
of its offices in Warren has been sealed off from the rest of the
building because of mold. MOLD
AIG Unit Offers Mold Protection Program to Eastern Schools
October 30, 2002
The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, a unit
of American International Group, announced it would offer a mold protection
program to help clients prevent and manage risks temming from mold
The new program will first focus on schools in Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, and Connecticut.
"Mold can cause health concerns and major property damage that
strains local budgets and disrupts learning," said Richard Williams,
Ph.D, vice president for new product development with Hartford Steam
Boiler. "But mold can be managed. Our program includes inspections,
specific loss control steps, ongoing technical support and insurance
protection to help manage, and more importantly, help prevent mold
risks. We are working with schools to help avoid lossesdue to mold,
rather than just pay a claim." MOLD
Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Scientific evidence still lacking about effects of mold on health
By JEFF MONTGOMERY
Gannett News Service
Since the late 1990s, concern over toxic mold has mushroomed into
congressional hearings, dramatic increases in claims and lawsuits,
demands for reform by the insurance and real estate industries, and
growing business for those involved in testing for and cleaning up
all things dark and slimy. MOLD
Parents await mold test results for two schools
HILTON HEAD ISLAND: Public also will learn recommendations to improve
conditions at Nov. 11 forum.
By Jennifer Moore
Carolina Morning News
Beryl Title has "serious concerns" about sending her daughter
to Hilton Head Elementary School.
The chronic headaches and impaired vision her daughter suffers from
are a result of mold in the school, she said, and she doesn't want
to continue to expose her to that environment.
"I don't want to compromise my child's health," she said.
Mold liability worries insurers
Large settlements could prompt exodus; Md. ruling sought on exclusions;
Cost of repairing home might exceed its value
By Anne Lauren Henslee
Special To The Sun
Originally published November 3, 2002
Maryland homeowners insurance could be reaching a critical juncture
on an unlikely issue that might prove the final straw for insurance
companies teetering from market woes and the impact of recent legislation.
Added to the familiar house assailants -- asbestos, lead paint
and radon -- mold is deemed a new threat, one that thus far has had
little consequence for the state's homeowners, but has become a potential
catalyst for the entire industry. MOLD
Sullivan East mold woes not just an isolated experience
By Sam Watson
Press Education Writer
Sullivan East High School’s mold-inspired stay at Bristol Motor
Speedway has increased awareness about the need for mold testing and
moisture control in other area school districts.
“I’m getting more educated on this, just like everybody else,”
Kevin Ward, middle school supervisor for the Carter County School
System, said Friday. MORE
Mold closes Duke library temporarily
DURHAM, N.C. - Mold found on books has prompted Duke University
officials to close the first and third floors of a library temporarily.
Wayne Thomann, director of occupational and environmental safety at
Duke, said Friday that officials closed the Vestic Library for Engineering,
Mathematics and Physics until the books are cleaned and the cause
of the mold identified. MORE
Mold Takes Over Local Woman's Apartment
Carpets, Walls Covered With Mold
CINCINNATI -- Mold has taken over a local woman's apartment, but
she's not sure if she can get out of the building.
Mold Takes Over
The mold is covering the walls, floors, doors, and carpet of Pamela
Crooms' apartment in Kennedy Heights, WLWT Eyewitness News 5's Tony
"It's past gross," Crooms said. "It's disgusting."
Crooms' best guess is that a leaky faucet caused the mold to form.
Her landlord fixed the faucet, but the mold moved in a few weeks later.
Air-quality, mold stamped OK after latest study
By Criselda Valdez
The Brownsville Herald
Environmental consultants on Tuesday reported indoor air quality
and mold investigations at Hanna High School and the Oliveira Middle
School campus show no cause for alarm. MORE
More steps taken to stop mold
October 29, 2002
With the results of mold testing at Lincoln County High School
still not in, officials have already taken additional steps to stop
A mechanical engineer has inspected the site and recommended that
germicidal lights - ultra violet air purification devices - be installed
in the school's heating and air conditioning ductwork. The lights
would kill the mold as well as bacteria, germs, fungus and the like.
Inspectors continue work on mold problem at THS
Students and teachers have complained about mold problems at Topsail
One of the walls replaced at Topsail High School after traces of mold
Mold experts are scheduled to finish their work at Topsail High
School today. Inspectors will be back Monday night to continue work
that began last Wednesday. MORE
Lincoln County, TN
Mold Found At Valley School
Christie del Amo Reports, 10/25/02
It's Brian Long's last year at Lincoln County High School, so he
wants to make every day count. "It is fun. I've never enjoyed
class quite as much as this one," Long says.
However, an unseen problem could have kept Brian and other students
of class and sick in bed. "A few days ago, we discovered some
mold in the school," says Bob Alden, maintenance supervisor for
Lincoln County Schools. "Mainly, [the problem is] in the northern
portion of the high school," Alden explains. MORE
Mold Forces Woman Out Of Her Apartment
Reported by: Shannon Kettler
The mold inside Pamela Crooms' Kennedy Heights apartment is overwhelming
-- it covers the walls from floor to ceiling in just about every room.
The health department said the mold is so bad that they are recommending
that Crooms find a new place to stay immediately.
The problem began when the kitchen sink started to leak, Crooms said.
"After that, I started to see all the mold coming out."
School Contaminated With Dangerous Black Mold
Rare Mold Can Cause Breathing Problems, Bleeding Lungs
POSTED: 3:45 p.m. CST October 30, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Constant moisture and humidity may be feeding
a dangerous black mold in one Birmingham-area high school.
A laboratory in Florida issued a recent report identifying the mold
as Stachybotrys. The fungus was found in a hallway at Mortimer Jordan
High School. MORE
State official commends East's mold-fighting efforts
Saturday, November 02, 2002
By J.H. Osborne
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Tennessee's top education official said Friday
she hopes school systems across the state take notice of Sullivan
"This is a prime example of a community that cares about education,''
Education Commissioner Faye Taylor said while visiting Sullivan East
High School - which these days is at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Taylor said she was "delighted" by her visit to East
From what she saw, she said, the education of East's 1,000-plus students
has been "enhanced,'' "not impeded" by their temporary
relocation to the speedway. MORE
Dogwood Elementary May Have Mold
The Knox County school system is taking action to protect an elementary
school from mold.
A contractor finished building the Dogwood Elementary School in
1994. School leaders told WVLT VOLUNTEER TV News there is a moisture
problem in the school. They said the seals on walls have cracks, and
that's what's causing the problem. MORE
On Your Side Watchdog Report
Oct 30, 2002
Ainslie Vice and her husband broke ground in the spring of 96. Six
years later they haven't spent one night in the house. From top to
bottom Vice says the house has a laundry list of problems. The biggest
problem is mold. MORE
Mold seminar held on island
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published Monday, October 28th, 2002
The best mold killer is clean dry air.
That was the message delivered by guest speaker George Graham at a
seminar held at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis on Thursday evening.
The seminar -- attended by Hilton Head Elementary School Executive
Principal Mary Briggs and district maintenance director Paul Carstens
-- was presented as a public service by the Coalition for Safe Schools
in response to recent questions about air quality at the elementary
THE BLACK MOLD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM SULLIVAN EAST HIGH SCHOOL,
BUT ITS STILL NOT READY FOR STUDENTS TO RETURN.
EAST STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ATTENDING CLASSES AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
FOR ALMOST A MONTH...
THEY WERE EXPECTED TO BE BACK IN THIER SCHOOL BUILDING TOMORROW, BUT
DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS DOCTOR JOHN O`DELL SAYS AN EXTRA WEEK IS NEEDED
TO MOVE MATERIALS AND FURNITURE BACK TO THE CLASSROOMS.
IT HAS TAKEN CLOSE TO TWO MONTHS TO CLEAN-UP THE BLACK MOLD THAT WAS
FOUND THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING.
Relative calm settles over Lincoln
BY DIANE KRIEGER SPIVAK
ROSELAWN -- The drinking water contamination that left this rural
Indiana town reeling last spring has quieted since, but some parents
still are seething over what they believe could be a lifelong threat
to their children's health.
High levels of the gasoline constituent and suspected carcinogen methyl
tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE, were found in Lincoln Elementary School's
drinking water. The contamination was made public in April, but lab
results showed that students were exposed to it for at least two years.
In addition, air-quality tests revealed mold contamination in the
Olympia holds off on mold standard
DEANA POOLE THE OLYMPIAN
OLYMPIA -- Olympia City Council won't take immediate action to adopt
mold standards or a tenant relocation assistance ordinance, but the
issues aren't off the table indefinitely.
Council members decided late Tuesday night to talk with county
officials about a tenant relocation program, which would provide financial
assistance to tenants who are forced out of apartments deemed substandard.
Toxic mold breeds lawsuits
Area homeowners take insurance companies to court over problems
By Cheryl Powell
Beacon Journal medical writer
Lawsuits over toxic mold have been flooding courtrooms in some parts
of the country. Now these complaints are starting to seep into Akron-area
courts as well.
In two suits recently filed in Summit and Stark counties, homeowners
are accusing their insurance companies of not paying to correct water
damage that led to mold problems. MORE
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