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Monday Morning Mold January 31, 2005
Mold in the Media
January 31, 2005
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Mold Stories
-- SAD 28 sets Monday [Jan 31, 2005] mold meeting; RES East remains closed (Knox Village Soup, ME - Jan 28, 2005)
-- Ten Tips To Avoid Mold Problems and Lawsuits in Selling and Buying Real Estate (WebWire, GA - Jan 28, 2005)
-- Facts May Calm Mold Madness (CBS News - Jan 27, 2005)
-- Surgeon General's Office Issues Conflicting Message on "Toxic Mold" (PR Web, WA - Jan 27, 2005)
-- Air traffic controllers at Detroit airport say mold clean-up made them ill (Detroit Free Press, MI - Jan 24, 2005)
-- Tenant concerns spur mold tests (Terre Haute Tribune Star, IN - Jan 30, 2005)
-- Mold Education: FREE On-Line Course - Advances in the Prevention and Management of Invasive Fungal Infections
-- Court Mold: To Breathe Or Not To Breathe (Tampa Tribune, FL - Jan 22, 2005)
-- School Mold: HVAC system too expensive for WT's BOE (The Gloucester County Times, NJ - Jan 28, 2005)
-- Mold & Medicine: Deadly fungus infects 3 Australian tsunami survivors (ABC Online, Australia - Jan 27, 2005)
-- Mold Litigation: Montgomery wins state Supreme Court [New Jersey] ruling in stucco case - Determination that a construction code offical can issue a notice of violation to a builder after a certificate of occupancy has been issued has statewide impact. (Princeton Packet, NJ - Jan 25, 2005)
-- Mold & Technology: Johns Manville MR Faced Insulation Now Treated To Fight Mold (BuildingOnline, CA - Jan 26, 2005)
-- Mold Seminars: Feb. 1-4 Windstorm Conference Agenda: Hurricane Lessons, Preparing for Summer (Insurance Journal - Jan 27, 2005)
-- Mold Seminars: Mold: Understanding the Science Behind Today's Hottest Topic (Emediawire, WA - Jan 26, 2005)
-- Mold Seminars: Education notebook - Free training with JFYNetWorks [Boston] (Allston-Brighton TAB, MA - Jan 28, 2005)
-- For Fun: TheOnion.com

 

Good Morning,

First of all, take a look at the fourth article for a pretty damning attack on Damp Indoor Spaces and Health by Senator John Conyers. That article notes, "However, the Institute of Medicine study has recently come under fire for issuing a press release that failed to convey that the study was only charged to investigate allergic and non-infectious respiratory symptoms of fungal exposure, and that their findings never included examination of other serious symptoms."

What I'm working on for upcoming issues of Monday Morning Mold:

  • More about the $550,000 Orange County, California mold settlement - information provided by Court B. Purdy (Wentworth, Paoli & Purdy), the Plaintiff's attorney
  • More about Erotium, with thanks to Dr. Nicholas Money, author of the fascinating and funny Dr. Bloomfield's Orchard and Carpet Monsters and Killer Spores
  • More about Kathy Davis, featured extensively in 2004 issues of Monday Morning Mold
  • Information about Trichothecenes, thanks to Attorney Steve Henning (Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman)
This week's photo is of Aspergillus flavus from the www.aflatoxin.info website.

 

Hot tips on mold? Please let me know. Send information to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Cynthia Coulter Mulvihihll, Esq Hyde Mulvihill APC 216 W. Foothill Boulevard Monrovia CA 91016.


SAD 28 sets Monday [Jan 31, 2005] mold meeting; RES East remains closed (Knox Village Soup, ME - Jan 28, 2005)
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CAMDEN, MAINE (Jan 28, 2005): School Administrative District 28 officials will hold a meeting for parents on Monday evening regarding mold and air quality issues that have kept students and staff out of the Rockport Elementary School East campus all week.

A water pipe burst between the walls in two kindergarten classrooms Jan. 22, flooding that part of the school. As cleanup efforts began Monday and first- and second-graders returned to school, workers discovered pockets of mold not associated with the flooding inside the wall cavities, prompting closure of the entire school.

Click here for: SAD 28 sets Monday [Jan 31, 2005] mold meeting; RES East remains closed (Knox Village Soup, ME - Jan 28, 2005)


Ten Tips To Avoid Mold Problems and Lawsuits in Selling and Buying Real Estate (WebWire, GA - Jan 28, 2005)
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LONDON, ENGLAND. Mold Inspector Laboratory International, Ltd. recommends that real estate sellers, buyers, and real estate agents/brokers, in the UK, USA, Canada, and worldwide, follow ten steps to avoid mold problems and lawsuits in the selling and buying of real estate properties.

1. A property owner should not even offer the property for sale, or list it for sale with a Realtor® or other real estate agent/broker, until after a thorough mold inspection and mold testing of the home, rental property, or commercial property. Hire a Certified Mold Inspector (USA and Canada), or use a do-it- yourself mold inspection checklist and mold test kits.

Click here for: Ten Tips To Avoid Mold Problems and Lawsuits in Selling and Buying Real Estate (WebWire, GA - Jan 28, 2005)


Facts May Calm Mold Madness (CBS News - Jan 27, 2005)
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(WebMD) People suffering from toxic mold syndrome - often blamed on a kind of black mold that grows on damp indoor surfaces - likely have more ordinary illnesses, a new study shows. The finding comes from a hard look at 135 patients referred to a clinic with expertise in mold exposure. Industrial hygienist and study researcher Michael S. Crandall, CIH, referred nearly all of the patients. Eighty percent of the patients had already hired a lawyer to pursue mold-related claims

The patients suffered from a variety of possible mold- related health effects, including respiratory symptoms, such as wheezing cough, and nasal discharge, or general complaints, such as skin rashes or joint pain. Yet after rigorous examination - including gathering detailed histories of exposure, home and workplace analysis, blood and skin tests for mold sensitivity, and two years of medical follow- up - there was no link between mold exposure, symptoms, and mold sensitivity.

Click here for: Facts May Calm Mold Madness (CBS News - Jan 27, 2005)


Surgeon General's Office Issues Conflicting Message on "Toxic Mold" (PR Web, WA - Jan 27, 2005)
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In a move that spells trouble for tens of thousands of sick Americans, the Surgeon General of the United States is ducking the issue on questions concerning Toxic Mold. Despite direct objections by senior Congressional staff at a recent national health policy summit, the presenting researchers at the event made statements that mold presents no human health risks. However, Watchdog groups say that not only are study results that are driving national policy tainted by corporate influence, but that the follow up press statement on the event proceedings from the Surgeon General is deliberately misleading.

(PRWEB) January 27, 2005 -- On January 12th and 13th, the office of Richard H. Carmona, Surgeon General of the United States, conducted a two day clinic for public health professionals, titled "Surgeon General's Workshop on Healthy Indoor Environment". The event, which was conducted at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, included panelists from public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with various university and medical researchers participating as well.

Click here for: Surgeon General's Office Issues Conflicting Message on "Toxic Mold" (PR Web, WA - Jan 27, 2005)


Air traffic controllers at Detroit airport say mold clean-up made them ill (Detroit Free Press, MI - Jan 24, 2005)
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DETROIT (AP) -- Air traffic controllers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport are planning to file a grievance with the Federal Aviation Administration over a mold problem that forced the evacuation of a control tower over the weekend, the president of the controllers' union said Monday.

Around a dozen air traffic controllers were evacuated from a tower for five hours Saturday after they were sickened by fumes from a chemical being used to remove mold, according to Vince Sugent, president of the Detroit branch of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

Click here for: Air traffic controllers at Detroit airport say mold clean-up made them ill (Detroit Free Press, MI - Jan 24, 2005)


Tenant concerns spur mold tests (Terre Haute Tribune Star, IN - Jan 30, 2005)
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The black mold is in the corners, the closets and on their shoes, and some tenants at Garden Quarter Apartments are worried what it could mean for their health.

They said the residential complex has not been tested for toxins, but that is expected to change today.

Click here for: Tenant concerns spur mold tests (Terre Haute Tribune Star, IN - Jan 30, 2005)


Mold Education: FREE On-Line Course - Advances in the Prevention and Management of Invasive Fungal Infections
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This is way cool -- it's the Complete lectures from the satellite symposium preceding the 40th annual meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), October 24, 2002 Chicago, Illinois. Learn on line, for free!

This program is intended for professionals who are interested in the management of invasive fungal infections. No specific knowledge other than familiarity with the principles of microbiology will be required for successful participation in this activity.

Click here for Mold Education: FREE On-Line Course - Advances in the Prevention and Management of Invasive Fungal Infections


Court Mold: To Breathe Or Not To Breathe (Tampa Tribune, FL - Jan 22, 2005)
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TAMPA - Florida's indoor air quality problems are widespread, authorities say in response to questions about ``sick building syndrome'' since a Tampa woman died recently with symptoms of Legionnaires' disease.

Suspicion of "sick'' government buildings is nothing new. Six federal courthouses in Florida, including two in Tampa, were diagnosed with the problem as recently as 2001.

Click here for Court Mold: To Breathe Or Not To Breathe (Tampa Tribune, FL - Jan 22, 2005)


School Mold: HVAC system too expensive for WT's BOE (The Gloucester County Times, NJ - Jan 28, 2005)
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WASHINGTON TWP. -- The school board rejected all bids for replacing the HVAC systems at Chestnut Ridge and Orchard Valley middle schools because the asking price was too high.

The district is rebidding the project, with the new deadline set for Feb. 9.

Click here for School Mold: HVAC system too expensive for WT's BOE (The Gloucester County Times, NJ - Jan 28, 2005)


Mold & Medicine: Deadly fungus infects 3 Australian tsunami survivors (ABC Online, Australia - Jan 27, 2005)
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TONY EASTLEY: Three Australians who survived the Asian tsunami are now again fighting for their lives after being struck down with a deadly fungal infection. An Australian man who was injured when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka is in the Infectious Diseases Unit at the St George Hospital in Sydney after developing mucormicosis.

The invasive fungal infection often goes undetected. It's very expensive to treat and kills up to 80 per cent of infected patients. The 56-year-old tsunami survivor is being treated by Dr Pam Konecny, who's the staff specialist at the Infectious Diseases Unit at the hospital.

Click here for Mold & Medicine: Deadly fungus infects 3 Australian tsunami survivors (ABC Online, Australia - Jan 27, 2005)


Mold Litigation: Montgomery wins state Supreme Court [New Jersey] ruling in stucco case - Determination that a construction code offical can issue a notice of violation to a builder after a certificate of occupancy has been issued has statewide impact. (Princeton Packet, NJ - Jan 25, 2005)
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MONTGOMERY - A three-year legal battle ended yesterday when the township resoundingly won a state Supreme Court case that Mayor Louise Wilson said was taken on "to uphold the responsibilities of local government." The 5-0 decision, written by Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, concerned the authority of a construction code official to issue a notice of violation to the builder of a home once a certificate of occupancy has been issued. Chief Justice Deborah Poritz and Justice Barry Albin did not participate.

The ruling, said Justice LaVecchia, "promotes the salutary public policy goal of compliance with the Code." Township Attorney Kristina Hadinger said she was "delighted" with the ruling. "We couldn't have asked for a better outcome. It is not only a win for Montgomery and a win for municipalities statewide but, more importantly, for residential homebuyers in the state of New Jersey," said Ms. Hadinger.

Click here for Mold Litigation: Montgomery wins state Supreme Court [New Jersey] ruling in stucco case - Determination that a construction code offical can issue a notice of violation to a builder after a certificate of occupancy has been issued has statewide impact. (Princeton Packet, NJ - Jan 25, 2005)


Mold & Technology: Johns Manville MR Faced Insulation Now Treated To Fight Mold (BuildingOnline, CA - Jan 26, 2005)
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DENVER, CO -- (PRNewswire) Johns Manville is now offering formaldehyde-free MR(TM) Faced Batts treated with an EPA registered preservative -- the same product used in food -- to help protect it from the potential growth of mold and mildew.

Fiber glass insulation is naturally mold resistant so the MR(TM) facing provides the added assurance of the product being protected from mold and mildew. MR(TM) Faced Batts help reduce builders' concerns over the reduction in long-term durability and odor that can result from mold and mildew growth on insulation.

Click here for Mold & Technology: Johns Manville MR Faced Insulation Now Treated To Fight Mold (BuildingOnline, CA - Jan 26, 2005)


Mold Seminars: Feb. 1-4 Windstorm Conference Agenda: Hurricane Lessons, Preparing for Summer (Insurance Journal - Jan 27, 2005)
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The four major hurricanes that severely impacted Florida and other states and preparing for the 2005 hurricane season will be discussed by Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, during the Feb. 1 to 4 Sixth Annual Windstorm Insurance Conference in Tampa, Fla.

Two other prominent speakers at the conference will be Congressman Jim Davis and Bill Bailey, Hurricane Insurance Information Center director. During the conference, leading property insurance industry experts and others will focus on the issues of the 2004 hurricane season.

Click here for Mold Seminars: Feb. 1-4 Windstorm Conference Agenda: Hurricane Lessons, Preparing for Summer (Insurance Journal - Jan 27, 2005)


Mold Seminars: Mold: Understanding the Science Behind Today's Hottest Topic (Emediawire, WA - Jan 26, 2005)
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Mold is a growing concern. Whether a part of construction, building management, real estate, the medical industry, legal trade, an environmental consultant, or basically involved in anything else, mold could be lurking around your business today. How is mold affecting you and your clients? Is it all bad? Georgia Tech Research Institute is offering upcoming courses on mold, which will take an objective approach to the true problems of these tiny spores.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 26, 2005 -- An Executive Overview of Mold will be offered April 13, 2005 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. This course will outline the current state of the science on harmful effects of mold exposure and a sample of the policies available in regards to mold. Course attendees will gain a better understanding of technical information in assessment and remediation techniques. A second course titled Mold for the Construction Industry is being offered the following day, April 14, 2005 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. This course is geared toward minimizing potential problems faced by design, engineering, and construction professionals. This course will look at mold issues and the legal ramifications from both the construction and building owner perspective. In an increasingly competitive construction market, mold exposure claims can wreak havoc on any business.

Click here for Mold Seminars: Mold: Understanding the Science Behind Today's Hottest Topic (Emediawire, WA - Jan 26, 2005)


Mold Seminars: Education notebook - Free training with JFYNetWorks [Boston] (Allston-Brighton TAB, MA - Jan 28, 2005)
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Tuition-free training program. JFYNetWorks offers an environmental technology training program that begins Feb. 28. Trainees earn the following certification: 40-Hour OSHA Safety Training, Confined Space Entry, Asbestos Remediation, Mold Abatement and Emergency Response and Preparedness.

For more information, call 617-338-0815. Space is limited.

Click here for Mold Seminars: Education notebook - Free training with JFYNetWorks [Boston] (Allston-Brighton TAB, MA - Jan 28, 2005)


For Fun: TheOnion.com
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This is a very funny website -- but a bit racy in places. For example, one of this week's feature stories is on the trauma suffered by American children as a result of last year's Superbowl Halftime. Here's one of the funny (but clean) news briefs from this week:

GEICO Saves 15 Percent Or More By Discontinuing Advertising WASHINGTON, DC-Executives at the car-insurance company GEICO learned Monday that they could slice 15 percent or more from their operating budget by discontinuing their extensive TV advertising campaign. "We couldn't believe it when we found out how much we could save by axing that ad campaign," said Tony Nicely, GEICO's chairman, president, and CEO. "Dropping that CGI gecko saved us a quarter of a million dollars-and it only took one phone call to our marketing department." Nicely added that sometimes a company has to save money to save money.

Click here For Fun: TheOnion.com


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