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Monday Morning Mold June 6, 2005
Mold in the Media
June 6, 2005
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Mold Stories
-- Mold Exposure Joins Leading Personal Injury Claims with $925,000 Award (Business Wire, CA - Jun 2, 2005)
-- Board of Health denies school board appeal; litigation may be next (Harvard Hillside, MA - Jun 1, 2005)
-- Toxic Mold: Is Your Home at Risk? (WNEP-TV, PA - Jun 1, 2005)
-- How to Protect Workers from Mold (SafetyNext - Jun 6, 2005)
-- Princeton Landing residents were sued by association to force them to move during repairs. (Princeton Packet, NJ - Jun 3, 2005)
-- Appeals court says school negligence lawsuit properly dismissed (Duluth News Tribune, MN - Jun 1, 2005)
-- Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Polyenes
-- School Mold: Open Meeting Law complaint filed with DA (Harvard Hillside, MA - Jun 3, 2005)
-- Mold & Insurance: FEMA Drops Bill on Belle View Owners - Repayment letters sent to over 100 owners. (Mount Vernon Gazette, VA - Jun 2, 2005)
-- Mold & Technology: CorrectDeck(R) Introduces First Antimicrobial Composite Decking - CorrectDeck CX with SafeGuard(TM) Resists Mold, Stains and Color Fading (Yahoo News - Jun 6, 2005)
-- Mold & Investment: Electric Aquagenics Unlimited (EAU) Offers Zero Plus(TM) as the Solution for Bacteria-Ridden Gyms as Exposed on NBC (PR Newswire - Jun 2, 2005)
-- Mold & Technology: BioONE, a Sabre/Giuliani Company, to Demonstrate Technology Used to Decontaminate After 2001 Anthrax Attacks - Now to Be Used on Mold (Yahoo News - Jun 6, 2005)
-- Mold Publications: Award Winning Moisture & Mold Manual Available (Market Wire - May 17, 2005)
-- Mold Seminars: Dander, Dust Mites, and Mold-Oh My! Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health and European Union Center to sponsor transatlantic policy conference on improving indoor environmental quality (University of Pittsburgh News, PA - Jun 1, 2005)
-- For Fun: Human Mildew @ www.blogcritics.org

 

Good Morning,

Sorry for the delayed "Monday Morning Mold" newsletters, and to all of you concerned fans -- thanks for letting me know that you missed the newsletters. Running a law firm, the usual end-of- school year activties and end-of-youth baseball season (I have a kindergartner and second grader), and a never-to-be-forgotten bout of bronchitis took up all of my time.

This week's photo is of an unidentified cellulolytic fungi digesting natural fibers, from www.fungus.org.uk.

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.


Mold Exposure Joins Leading Personal Injury Claims with $925,000 Award (Business Wire, CA - Jun 2, 2005)
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 2, 2005--Mold exposure has jumped to the forefront of significant personal injury claims with a recent $925,000 award in Wayne County Circuit Court to an apartment resident. The verdict, the highest ever in Michigan for personal injury damages resulting from mold exposure, could ultimately force a new standard of liability on property owners and landlords.

The apartment resident, Esmeralda Mahaffy, developed permanent, severe asthma from exposure to high levels of toxic mold after her apartment was negligently repaired following a flood from a toilet in the apartment above her unit in 2001. The incident occurred after years of ignored complaints of water leakage and persistent mold on the walls and ceilings. The verdict followed a seven-day jury trial in April before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge John H. Gillis Jr.

Click here for: Mold Exposure Joins Leading Personal Injury Claims with $925,000 Award (Business Wire, CA - Jun 2, 2005)


Board of Health denies school board appeal; litigation may be next (Harvard Hillside, MA - Jun 1, 2005)
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HARVARD -- In April, the Board of Health ordered the School Committee to remove carpeting suspected of being moldy in the Harvard Elementary School (HES) kindergarten wing by July 11 or face fines and/or closure of the wing.

The school board responded by appealing the order. That appeal was denied by the health board at a hearing Tuesday night, and it appears doubtful the matter has been settled.

Click here for: Board of Health denies school board appeal; litigation may be next (Harvard Hillside, MA - Jun 1, 2005)


Toxic Mold: Is Your Home at Risk? (WNEP-TV, PA - Jun 1, 2005)
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Could your house be making you sick? Could you be suffering from symptoms of toxic mold and not know?

One of Pennsylvania's leading experts on mold, Dr. Hernando Perez of Drexel University in Philadelphia has been studying the effects of mold on the human body for more then ten years.

Click here for: Toxic Mold: Is Your Home at Risk? (WNEP-TV, PA - Jun 1, 2005)


How to Protect Workers from Mold (SafetyNext - Jun 6, 2005)
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If you are concerned about your employees being exposed to mold through maintenance and remediation work, there are now some training guidelines for you to follow to protect them. In the absence of federal regulations and with the population of mold-exposed workers growing, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) developed a set of training guidelines.

Guidelines for the Protection and Training of Workers Engaged in Maintenance and Remediation Work Associated with Mold is the outgrowth of two NIEHS- sponsored workshops aimed at developing experienced-based guidelines for protecting and training mold hazard assessors, mold remediation workers, and workers exposed to mold in the course of building maintenance. NIEHS notes that the guidance will need to be revised and approved as the understanding of mold issues grows.

Click here for: How to Protect Workers from Mold (SafetyNext - Jun 6, 2005)


Princeton Landing residents were sued by association to force them to move during repairs. (Princeton Packet, NJ - Jun 3, 2005)
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PLAINSBORO - Seven Princeton Landing residents are claiming victory over the homeowners' association that sued to force them to move out while construction teams remediated mold contamination. On May 11, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Travis L. Francis denied the Forrestal Village Community Services Association an injunction that would have required the seven residents to vacate their Sayre Drive townhouses during construction.

Meanwhile, the association's attorney, Richard Kennedy, has filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider his conclusion. "The judge ruled the association did everything correctly," Mr. Kennedy said. "His conclusion doesn't seem to be consistent with what his entire decision is."

Click here for: Princeton Landing residents were sued by association to force them to move during repairs. (Princeton Packet, NJ - Jun 3, 2005)


Appeals court says school negligence lawsuit properly dismissed (Duluth News Tribune, MN - Jun 1, 2005)
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WAUSAU, Wis. - A judge properly threw out a lawsuit accusing a northeast Wisconsin school district of negligence when it built a new school that developed a mold problem years later, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The lawsuit, filed by 20 parents and students and their health insurance companies, failed to show Wausaukee School District officials ignored a known and present danger, the 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled.

Click here for: Appeals court says school negligence lawsuit properly dismissed (Duluth News Tribune, MN - Jun 1, 2005)


Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Polyenes
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These very potent agents act by binding to the fungal cell membrane and causing the fungus to leak electrolytes. These include the families Amphotericin B; Amphotericin B Lipid Complex (ABLC); Amphotericin B Colloidal Dispersion (ABCD); Liposomal Amphotericin B (L-AMB); and Liposomal Nystatin.

Amphotericin B binds to sterols, preferentially to the primary fungal cell membrane sterol, ergosterol. This binding disrupts osmotic integrity of the fungal membrane, resulting in leakage of intracellular potassium, magnesium, sugars, and metabolites and then cellular death. The mechanism of action is the same for all the preparations and is due to the intrinsic antifungal activity of amphotericin B.

Click here for Mold Education: Antifungal Drugs - Polyenes


School Mold: Open Meeting Law complaint filed with DA (Harvard Hillside, MA - Jun 3, 2005)
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HARVARD -- Harvard resident Deborah Skauen- Hinchliff has filed a complaint against the School Committee, claiming it has violated the Open Meeting Law.

Skauen-Hinchliff maintains the board held an illegal meeting and executive session after a May 24 Board of Health hearing.

Click here for School Mold: Open Meeting Law complaint filed with DA (Harvard Hillside, MA - Jun 3, 2005)


Mold & Insurance: FEMA Drops Bill on Belle View Owners - Repayment letters sent to over 100 owners. (Mount Vernon Gazette, VA - Jun 2, 2005)
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About 140 Belle View Condominium owners received mail from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) last month. Unlike mail received two years ago, however, these letters did not contain checks. Instead the letters are asking for repayment of some of the money given to owners paid out during the flood. Total sum asked for equals $195,799.15.

About 140 Belle View Condominium owners received mail from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) last month. Unlike mail received two years ago, however, these letters did not contain checks. Instead the letters are asking for repayment of some of the money given to owners paid out during the flood. Total sum asked for equals $195,799.15.

Click here for Mold & Insurance: FEMA Drops Bill on Belle View Owners - Repayment letters sent to over 100 owners. (Mount Vernon Gazette, VA - Jun 2, 2005)


Mold & Technology: CorrectDeck(R) Introduces First Antimicrobial Composite Decking - CorrectDeck CX with SafeGuard(TM) Resists Mold, Stains and Color Fading (Yahoo News - Jun 6, 2005)
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BIDDEFORD, Maine, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- CorrectDeck®, a leader in high- performance composite decking, today announced the launch of CorrectDeck CX with SafeGuard(TM) -- the first antimicrobial composite decking, which resists mold and mildew, stains, color fading, and enhances traction control.

"We developed CorrectDeck CX with SafeGuard in response to homeowner concerns that composite decking needed to be improved in several areas, especially mold and mildew resistance," said Marty Grohman, president of Correct Building Products. "SafeGuard's protective antimicrobial coating makes those improvements and truly fulfills the promise of low maintenance that composite deck owners expect."

Click here for Mold & Technology: CorrectDeck(R) Introduces First Antimicrobial Composite Decking - CorrectDeck CX with SafeGuard(TM) Resists Mold, Stains and Color Fading (Yahoo News - Jun 6, 2005)


Mold & Investment: Electric Aquagenics Unlimited (EAU) Offers Zero Plus(TM) as the Solution for Bacteria-Ridden Gyms as Exposed on NBC (PR Newswire - Jun 2, 2005)
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LINDON, Utah, June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Electric Aquagenics Unlimited, Inc. (EAU) (OTC Bulletin Board: EAQU) and its joint venture partner, American MoldGuard, today announced the launch of Zero Plus, Inc., a Safe Living Initiative incorporating EAU's Empowered Water(TM) as a breakthrough cleaning technology for carpet and living surfaces care and American MoldGuard's antimicrobial surface technology which constantly eradicates harmful germs and bacteria while simultaneously preventing their regrowth. Initially developed for use in a variety of commercial cleaning and disinfecting applications, Zero Plus(TM) incorporates EAU's patented alkaline water for use as an integral component of their health and lifestyle solutions, the future of a germ-free lifestyle. EAU is an innovative technology and life sciences company that specializes in water electrolysis to create non-toxic products that disinfect, sanitize and clean surfaces and foods.

Zero Plus(TM) will benefit any individual who frequents a public fitness facility or any environment exposed to germs. Even if they are cleaned regularly, the surfaces in a gym never seem to stay clean, especially in problem areas like the locker room, shower, sauna, handle bars, headrests, mats, etc. These surfaces are breeding grounds for dangerous microorganisms that can cause odors, defacement, and deterioration. More seriously, they are associated with allergic reactions and potentially infectious diseases, pulmonary complications, salmonella and E. Coli, asthma, bronchitis, sinus problems, skin rashes and infections, nosebleeds, eye irritation, nausea and vomiting, food poisoning and even mortality.

Click here for Mold & Investment: Electric Aquagenics Unlimited (EAU) Offers Zero Plus(TM) as the Solution for Bacteria-Ridden Gyms as Exposed on NBC (PR Newswire - Jun 2, 2005)


Mold & Technology: BioONE, a Sabre/Giuliani Company, to Demonstrate Technology Used to Decontaminate After 2001 Anthrax Attacks - Now to Be Used on Mold (Yahoo News - Jun 6, 2005)
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KINGSBURY, N.Y., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, June 8, 2005, BioONE, a Sabre/Giuliani Company, will demonstrate the technology used to decontaminate Capitol Hill after the 2001 anthrax attacks. The building decontamination will enable BioONE to demonstrate how much more quickly buildings can be decontaminated using the lessons learned since the anthrax attacks.

In addition, the company has turned their attention to restoring buildings contaminated with microbial matter, including mold, and will use the demonstration to show that the same technology used to decontaminate for anthrax can completely decontaminate a mold filled building. BioONE is a joint venture between former New York Mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani's company, Giuliani Partners, and Sabre Technical Services.

Click here for Mold & Technology: BioONE, a Sabre/Giuliani Company, to Demonstrate Technology Used to Decontaminate After 2001 Anthrax Attacks - Now to Be Used on Mold (Yahoo News - Jun 6, 2005)


Mold Publications: Award Winning Moisture & Mold Manual Available (Market Wire - May 17, 2005)
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ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/17/2005 -- The manual, "Preventing Moisture and Mold Problems in Hot, Humid Climates: Design and Construction Guidelines," provides a series of proven guidelines on ways to avoid moisture and mold problems. This manual has become one of the most respected design and construction manuals focused solely on preventing moisture and mold problems.

The manual takes a comprehensive look at why moisture and mold problems are so pervasive and provides proven solutions that do not substantially add to the cost of the construction. Since its original publication by CH2M HILL in 1990, it has been used to successfully avoid moisture and mold problems in more than $2 billion in new construction, including more than 50,000 hotel rooms.

Click here for Mold Publications: Award Winning Moisture & Mold Manual Available (Market Wire - May 17, 2005)


Mold Seminars: Dander, Dust Mites, and Mold-Oh My! Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health and European Union Center to sponsor transatlantic policy conference on improving indoor environmental quality (University of Pittsburgh News, PA - Jun 1, 2005)
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PITTSBURGH-The indoors may seem like a refuge from environmental pollutants of the "great outdoors," but it is not without its own contaminants, such as tobacco smoke, mold, moisture, dust mites, lead, and animal dander. Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) and Pitt's European Union Center (EUC), located within the University Center for International Studies, are gathering academicians and policy makers from European Union member states Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Poland as well as Canada and the United States to discuss methods for improving indoor environmental quality. The GSPH and EUC are cosponsors of a June 9 and 10 transatlantic policy conference, titled "Developing Policies to Improve Indoor Environmental Quality: Transatlantic Viewpoints," to be held at Pitt's Oakland campus.

The conference, which will consist of three sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day, will address the difficulties in developing regulatory policies regarding indoor environmental qualities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the steps necessary in developing policies to protect public health in the context of indoor environments. The sessions will explore current scientific knowledge of indoor environments and related health effects; public health interventions and economic considerations; and policy needs, impediments, and recommendations.

Click here for Mold Seminars: Dander, Dust Mites, and Mold-Oh My! Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health and European Union Center to sponsor transatlantic policy conference on improving indoor environmental quality (University of Pittsburgh News, PA - Jun 1, 2005)


For Fun: Human Mildew @ www.blogcritics.org
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Although Maine is not particularly known as a wet state, we have had a series of storms during the last week that have dumped an enormous amount of rain, about 6-10 inches total.

It seems that because of the constant moisture and lack of sunlight, we have a newly discovered epidemic to contend with. In an article by dermatologist William Gallagher, M.D. (Bangor Daily News, 27 May 2005, op-ed page), several patients with "wooly growth coming out of the ears, and similar wooly changes . . . found on the eyebrows" have been diagnosed with "Human Mildew," which is said to be a disease that gives the patient a "werewolf like appearance."

For Fun: Human Mildew @ www.blogcritics.org


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