Mold In School Extends Summer Break For Local Students

There are 20 comments on the Aug 31, 2009, WFMZ story titled Mold In School Extends Summer Break For Local Students. In it, WFMZ reports that:

The school bell has rung for many students in our area. But some students are getting an extended summer vacation because of mold inside their school.

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TruthAboutMold

North Las Vegas, NV

#1 Aug 31, 2009
The following information has been sent to hundreds of elected officials throughout the country.
I am writing to you on behalf of millions of Americans who have been harmed by exposure to toxic mold. We need your help to get laws passed in order to ensure that the American people can get appropriate medical care and the correct information regarding the handling and remediation of toxic mold. We need laws and regulations in regard to people who test and remediate mold in order to stop the fraud and deceit that has been occurring throughout the country.
For 50 years, the tobacco industry denied the truth about the health effects of tobacco. How long will the insurance industry and other stakeholders be allowed to deny the truth about the health effects of toxic mold? We need to expose the truth now and educate the public about the proper way to handle mold problems in our homes, schools and businesses. If your family was exposed to toxic mold, wouldn’t you want laws in place to protect your loved ones? This is all we are asking. We need your leadership and action on this very important issue.
The following information will give you a good place to start in understanding the issues that need to be addressed. These ten items are a very small sample of the thousands of documents available on this topic. I thought these items would be most helpful in your efforts to create new laws and regulations about mold-related issues. You might also review the mold legislation that was proposed by Representative John Conyers.
1. The following paper has an insightful discussion of whether mold contamination in homes can be regulated.“Can Mold Contamination of Homes be Regulated–Lessons Learned from Radon and Lead Policies”? The answer is YES.
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/es062058...
2. The State of California issued mold remediation guidelines. This is one of the most up-to-date reports available. It contains references to several important articles about the health effects of toxic mold. The U.S. Navy also has mold remediation guidelines.
http://www.library.ca.gov/crb/06/01/06-001.pd...
http://www-nehc.med.navy.mil/downloads/prevme...
3. The State of Nevada recently passed legislation designating September 2009 as toxic mold awareness month, and the State of Arkansas passed legislation regarding standards and qualifications for mold investigators. You could use this information as a starting point for one part of your legislation, but you would want to get input from experts.
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/Bills/ACR...
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R...
4. The U.S. Surgeon General just announced the federal government’s new Healthy Home Initiative which discusses mold and mold toxins, along with lead paint and radon, and other issues that can affect the indoor environment in homes.
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/healthyh...
TruthAboutMold

North Las Vegas, NV

#2 Aug 31, 2009
5. The Center for School Mold Help has a lot of valuable information about mold in schools and also has an excellent article discussing how certain stakeholders are trying to hide the truth about the health effects of toxic mold. Another group, Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings, is focused on water damage and mold problems caused by construction defects.
http://www.schoolmoldhelp.org
https://www.schoolmoldhelp.org/content/view/1...
http://www.hadd.com/
6. There are many books available on this subject including these two books:
Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control” This book was published by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in 1999.
“Molds and Mycotoxins–Papers from an International Symposium” This book was edited by Kaye Kilburn, M.D. and was published by Heldref Publications in 2004.
7. James Craner, M.D., has published several good articles and reports on this topic, including “A Critique of the ACOEM Statement on Mold.” Another leading expert is Jack Thrasher, Ph.D., who is a toxicologist.
http://www.drcraner.com
http://www.drcraner.com/images
/ACritiqueoftheACOEMStatemento nMold.pdf
http://www.drthrasher.org
8. The following links are from military textbooks. The first one is Chapter 34 on Trichothecene Mycotoxins, and the second one is Chapter 4 on Toxins (which includes information about mycotoxins). If the U.S. military can admit that mycotoxins are dangerous, then why are the insurance companies allowed to deny that mycotoxins cause health problems.
http://www.envirochex.com/Downloads/Chapter34...
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR...
9. The University of Connecticut published a handbook in 2004 titled “Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects Related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors.”
http://oehc.uchc.edu/images/PDFs/MOLDGUIDE.pd...
10. Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D., is one of the leading doctors in the country who are helping people who have been harmed by exposure to toxic mold. This is the link for Dr. Shoemaker’s website:
http://www.biotoxin.info
Toxic mold is a very serious health threat, and we need to do everything we can to help protect all Americans. I hope this information is helpful as you continue your work to develop laws and regulations about mold-related issues.
TruthAboutMold

North Las Vegas, NV

#3 Aug 31, 2009
The following information has been sent to hundreds of elected officials throughout the country.

I am writing to you on behalf of millions of Americans who have been harmed by exposure to toxic mold. The following message has been sent to hundreds of elected officials including President Obama, all U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House, the Governors of all 50 states, state legislators, state health departments, etc.

Toxic mold causes serious health problems. We need your help to get laws passed in order to ensure that the American people can get appropriate medical care and the correct information regarding the handling and remediation of toxic mold. We need laws and regulations in regard to people who test and remediate mold in order to stop the fraud and deceit that has been occurring throughout the country.

For 50 years, the tobacco industry denied the truth about the health effects of tobacco. How long will the insurance industry and other stakeholders be allowed to deny the truth about the health effects of toxic mold? We need to expose the truth now and educate the public about the proper way to handle mold problems in our homes, schools and businesses. If your family was exposed to toxic mold, wouldn’t you want laws in place to protect your loved ones? This is all we are asking. We need your leadership and action on this very important issue.

The following information will give you a good place to start in understanding the issues that need to be addressed. These ten items are a very small sample of the thousands of documents available on this topic. I thought these items would be most helpful in your efforts to create new laws and regulations about mold-related issues. You might also review the mold legislation that was proposed by Representative John Conyers.

1. The following paper has an insightful discussion of whether mold contamination in homes can be regulated.“Can Mold Contamination of Homes be Regulated–Lessons Learned from Radon and Lead Policies”? The answer is YES.

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/es062058...

2. The State of California issued mold remediation guidelines. This is one of the most up-to-date reports available. It contains references to several important articles about the health effects of toxic mold. The U.S. Navy also has mold remediation guidelines.

http://www.library.ca.gov/crb/06/01/06-001.pd...

http://www-nehc.med.navy.mil/downloads/prevme...

3. The State of Nevada recently passed legislation designating September 2009 as toxic mold awareness month, and the State of Arkansas passed legislation regarding standards and qualifications for mold investigators. You could use this information as a starting point for one part of your legislation, but you would want to get input from experts.

http://www.leg.state.nv.us/75th2009/Bills/ACR...

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R...

4. The U.S. Surgeon General just announced the federal government’s new Healthy Home Initiative which discusses mold and mold toxins, along with lead paint and radon, and other issues that can affect the indoor environment in homes.

http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/healthyh...
Craig Camel

Malvern, PA

#4 Aug 31, 2009
This is a problem we see every year unfortunately. In an effort to reduce utility costs schools don't condition their schools in the summer and when they go in one week before classes are to begin they find mold like growth and go into frenzy. I recently witnessed a situation first hand with a school district in NJ.
Let's just say it starts with education (no pun intended). All buildings need to be monitored for temperature and relative humidity at a minimum. There are many other issues environmental consultants like myself encounter, but the focus right now is mold.
You'll find a lot of down to earth rational information on my website. Sorry, if you're looking for all the scary story about how bad mold is, my sight may disappoint you. That is unless you're willing to listen practical advice. Yes, mold can be very dangerous for certain people and yes it can acerbate a lot of symptoms such as asthma. Keep in mind though; the largest segment of the populous isn’t bother much by mold.

Craig Camel
http://www.advancedmolddog.com/iaq_investigat...
max

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Aug 31, 2009
don't turn the AC off and you won't have this problem.....penny wise dollar dumb....
TruthAboutMold

North Las Vegas, NV

#6 Aug 31, 2009
Response to Craig Camel: I agree that you don't need scary stories to educate people about mold, but you can't make a blanket statement about the health effects of mold. I'm sure you are aware that there are many different types of mold and the health effects are based on the type of mold and whether there are mycotoxins present.

It is important to note that bleach is effective on normal household mold like the mold that you might find in your shower, but bleach is not effective on toxic molds.
Amanda

Bangor, PA

#7 Aug 31, 2009
I went to the Bangor Area School District, and about 3 years before I went into the middle school, there was a mold outbreak. What I do not understand is that the school has so much money that they can be building a giant, unecissary auditorium onto the high school, but cant build a new middle school that apparently keeps growing mold.
Candace

Summit, NJ

#8 Aug 31, 2009
Mold is a serious matter. I had to leave my job of 3 years because of black mold. The company refused to properly remedy the situation and my health suffered greatly. Due to my asthma and allergies I was sick five days a week. Management felt that one sick employee wasn't worth the expense of taking care of the problem. Even OSHA didn't care. My health has GREATLY improved since I am out of that toxic environment. Unbeknowst to me I qualified for unemployment benefits because they could not provide me with a work place that was not toxic. Isn't that sad, they lost a valuable employee because she wasn't worth the expense. I feel great but due to the timing and the economy, can't find a job.
phoenix carpet cleaning

Phoenix, AZ

#9 Aug 31, 2009
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Sarah student at BAMS

New York, NY

#10 Sep 1, 2009
hey this is sarah im a seventh grade student at BAMS Bangor Area Middle School and all of us students have been talking about your broadcast and you only got superintendent Reinherts opinion you didnt get our opinions on the mold in our school and we dont really like it how you broadcast about our school without our side of the story yeah theres mold in our school we get that but why did they notice it a week before school starts i mean the weather was bad all summer and it took them this long to notice it?? All of us were so pumped to get to school and get ready for the BAHS's first football game on friday vs Saucon Valley now were all bummed cause we have to sit at home being bored for the next week okay wel thats all i have to say so buh bye sarah!!
Sarah student at BAMS

New York, NY

#11 Sep 1, 2009
Dont joke around about the new auditorium at the high school its gonna be awesome!! But i do agree if this keeps happening we will need another middle school but you have to realize about 100 years ago where all four of those schools stand it used to be all swamps.. so of course there had to be at least one mold out break in each school..
MAX IS RIGHT

Bally, PA

#12 Sep 1, 2009
You do not need a new school, get it cleaned up and keep air on all summer. Does not need to be freezing just enough so mold does not grow. To humid and warm in all these schools over the summer months. People use your heads.
Nikseventh grader at bams

Bangor, PA

#13 Sep 1, 2009
this may sound werid but we all want to GO BACK TO SCHOOL!! really they couldnt have checked this earlier now we are at home to do nothing!:(
Sarah student at BAMS

New York, NY

#14 Sep 2, 2009
this is soo stupid if the mold at the elementary school was in an non instructional area why wasnt the mold at the middle scool taken care first!!1 this is sooo stupid!!! i hate itt!!
Hollie BAMS student

Dumfries, VA

#15 Sep 2, 2009
Ok so when they first called us we were happy an extra 2 days off of school heck we were happy...... Then they called again and told us we werent going back untill sep. 8th now we're upset. Its not about the fact of going back to school we all miss our friends and with all the other kids back at school like brothers and sisters theres nothing for us to do at home. Why did it take them this long to relize this! I think they should check every school during the summer so we dont have issues like this again! Now if we can figure this stuff out why cant they!?!?!
Hollie BAMS student

Dumfries, VA

#16 Sep 2, 2009
Oh forgot to say people need to keep your mouth shut about the new auditorium our school deserves it. We have an amazing group of people that spend they're time working on those plays and that auditorium was made in honor of Mr.Pain.You need to understand that you need to get to those plays early because if you dont you have to stand in the back the auditorium we have now is packed every night its a good thing we're getting that new auditorium! In other topics.... The middle school that we have is fine if you listened its because of the venalation in the building which they are fixing.
Jim

Mckeesport, PA

#17 Sep 8, 2009
For more information on mold problems and the many ways in which they can be resolved, please visit www.keystonebasementsystems.com
jones

AOL

#18 Sep 8, 2009
Hollie BAMS student wrote:
Oh forgot to say people need to keep your mouth shut about the new auditorium our school deserves it. We have an amazing group of people that spend they're time working on those plays and that auditorium was made in honor of Mr.Pain.You need to understand that you need to get to those plays early because if you dont you have to stand in the back the auditorium we have now is packed every night its a good thing we're getting that new auditorium! In other topics.... The middle school that we have is fine if you listened its because of the venalation in the building which they are fixing.
Who told you that, A J Miller and associates ? They've been hired by other school districts to give a clean report and get paid for delivering.

You have a lot to learn about how school districts operate . If anyone should keep their mouth shut it's probably you.

Bob
Storm

Whitehall, PA

#19 Sep 9, 2009
Jones:

Be kind to Hollie. She has an interest in the auditorium because she is involved in plays. When kids are going through school, they want these opportunities and they really do not think about cost. Just as the football team wants a weight room and the track team was an all-weather track. Kids look forward to these type activites and they are extremly important to them. You told her she needed to keep quiet and learn how a district functions. That is not important to kids who are looking forward to participaing in plays or playing football or track. They are not going to think about taxes because when they are in school, they want that opportunity. They do not want it squelched by someone concerned about taxes.
jones

AOL

#20 Sep 9, 2009
I didn't refer to costs and I know nothing about it. I was referring to the comment about" people need to keep your mouth shut about the new auditorium our school deserves it"

Just don't do Memoirs of Brighton Beach , if you know what I mean.

OK Hollie Bams , accept my apology for being rude. Is it being built big enough ?

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