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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 family out.

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

Dangerous Mold
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.

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 Mackey. MORE

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. MORE

Tenants fed up with mold Hayward lawsuit against landlord

Jason B. Johnson, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, January 22, 2003

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 attacks.

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



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 properties. MORE

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/

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 today.

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

Morning News

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 enemies. MORE

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 classrooms.

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. MORE

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. MORE

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 mold.

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. MORE

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." MORE

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

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 lawsuit. MORE

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

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 agents. MORE

Mold issue spreads concern
Growth hinders couple's ideal of a warm, fuzzy home in Cedarburg

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 blood. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

State Farm passes on mold

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 claims. MORE

Leaks, mold strike Doral apartments
Peter Zalewski

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
Associated Press

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 fees. MORE

Insurer, Fla. break ground over mold
Homeowners to get 'broad-based coverage,' state says
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
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
Norwich Bulletin
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. MORE

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

Associated Press

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 in.

But it also had a hidden problem - mold. MORE

Area officials tackling mold concerns

Ashley Rowland
Sun staff writer

The black slime under your sink is becoming your insurance agent's biggest nightmare.

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 year. MORE

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

Beware:Toxic Mold
Is the fungus in your floorboards making you sick? With no clear answers, panic and lawsuits abound

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. MORE

Black mold turns home into a prison

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. MORE

Toxic Mold
Community Advocate
Paul Aker

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
Staff reporter

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." MORE

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 alternative school.

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. MORE

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
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
The Courier
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 water damage.

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
Newschannel 11

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 and Physics--mold.

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
The Leaf-Chronicle

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. MORE

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

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.


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 growth.

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
Mold misconceptions
Scientific evidence still lacking about effects of mold on health
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. MORE

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 Gnau reported.

"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. MORE

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 the infestation.

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. MOLD

Inspectors continue work on mold problem at THS

Students and teachers have complained about mold problems at Topsail High School
One of the walls replaced at Topsail High School after traces of mold were discovered.

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." MORE

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 County.
"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 at BMS.
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

Mold House
Richard Essex
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
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 school. MOLD


Relative calm settles over Lincoln

Times Correspondent

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 school. MORE

Olympia holds off on mold standard


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. MORE

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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