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“It’s terrifying to me:” Hartford family poisoned by lead paint
You can't see it, taste it or smell it, but exposure can put your entire family at serious risk.

Storm cleanup to cost millions
Just as the snow and debris are being cleared away, the bills are starting to pile up.

You have wind damage. Are you covered?
The large tree barely missed Lucas Hine's home in the Cobbs Hill neighborhood.

Syracuse sees Rochester as role model to tackle lead paint problem
Syracuse is turning to Rochester as a role model in tackling a decades-old lead paint problem that leaves hundreds of city youngsters with lead poisoning each year.

Experts recommend testing for radon in your home every five years
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, according to the CDC.

7 tips to saving money on a bathroom remodel
Transforming the bathroom that came with your house into the one you’ve always wanted can cost a fortune

Brady Sullivan agrees to pay $90k EPA fine for lead issues at mill residences
Two Brady Sullivan companies have agreed to pay a penalty of $90,461 to settle lead paint violations at the Lofts at Mill West, federal regulators announced Tuesday.

Bedford apartment complex issues have city, county inspectors investigating
Bedford city building inspectors and inspectors with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health are set to monitor reported issues at the Slate Run Apartments on Turney Road.

Authorities find 9 illegal dumping sites, issue 200 tickets on LI, NY
State environmental conservation officers and police fanned out around Long Island, the Hudson Valley and New York City last week

Two Wythe County schools mitigating for radon, cancer causing gas
Two schools in Wythe County will update radon mitigation systems after testing for the radioactive gas over summer and winter break.

Is It Safe to Buy a Home With an Elevated Radon Level?

This odorless gas is deadly serious, but addressing the problem is easy


County: Asbestos found at Chestnut Ridge private school
County officials say they found what may be asbestos inside a now-sealed utility closet at the recently opened girls elementary school on the grounds of the former Edwin Gould property.

South Bend's stubborn lead problem: Why are kids still getting poisoned?
Brittany and David Griffith's search for a house led them to an old home on the city's near northwest side five years ago.

Workers Finish Covering Asbestos At Old Davidson Mill
Contractors have finished installing a plastic liner, fresh earth and a fiber mat over an asbestos site at the Metrolina Warehouse near downtown Davidson.

Schools and homes should get tested for Radon
Radon, which is a known carcinogen, is a leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in the U.S. as well as Canada.

Mold at two Pittsburgh hospitals linked to 5 deaths
Heavy mold growth was found in the linens used at two University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals where five mold-infection-related deaths occurred since October 2014, according to a report.

5 Steps to have a Successful Mold Remediation.
There are two vital things to recall about mold: prevent it by doing things right the first run through and when you do confront mold, deal with it immediately.

Radon and How to Prevent This Radioactive Gas From Seeping Into Your Home
The coughing started in the late spring of 2016. Doug Clarke, a math teacher at H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, figured he had caught something going around the school

Don’t Panic Over That Sophie the Giraffe Mold
Sophie the Giraffe is becoming an endangered species.

Rochester starts training program for jobs in the environmental construction industry
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says  that the city is launching a program to help the unemployed and under-employed get jobs in the environmental construction industry.

The asbestos bonanza
Trial lawyers and Democrats team up share big bucks

One family's cautionary tale of toxic mold
Mary Walmsley was easy to spot in the lobby of Seabrook retirement community. She was wearing a surgical mask.

4 children die when pesticide, water mix creates toxic gas
Four children died after someone at their home sprayed water on a previously applied pesticide, causing a reaction that produced toxic phosphine gas, officials in Amarillo, Texas, said.

Sooke resident frustrated with mold problem
When Sooke resident Meg Anderson moved to a house in Ladysmith a few years ago, she noticed she was getting a cough, her chest felt heavy and she couldn’t sleep.

Paterson schools mishandled asbestos, mold removal alleges ex-employee in lawsuit
The former environmental occupational health and safety officer for the Paterson Public Schools claims the state-operated district improperly handled asbestos and mold removal

Winter Is The Perfect Time To Find Water Issues In Your House, Home Inspector Says
Nearly 16 inches of rain fell in Wisconsin from June to August, which is about 4 inches above average, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

Radon levels in Wicklow home were equal to 56 X-rays a day
Residents of a house in Co Wicklow were exposed to a radiation dose which was equivalent to 56 chest X-rays a day because of the amount of radon in the area, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.

What Is Asbestos?
Although asbestos fibers are microscopic in nature, they are extremely durable and resistant to fire and most chemical reactions and breakdowns.

Consumers’ Checkbook: Iron-clad rules about lead removal
In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint in homes after long-term studies showed that lead causes severe health problems

After discovering mold, a Madison Homeowner wants people searching for a new home to be aware
Homeowner Tammy Hudson said she and her husband bought a home for her sister in 2009.

Fire rips through Upstate NY onion-packing plant that lacked sprinklers
An onion-packing plant in Western New York was ravaged by a fire Thursday morning.

10 Questions About Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer
An estimated 158,080 Americans will die from lung cancer in 2016, according to the American Lung Association.

Federal charges allege asbestos release near Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a Denver apartment complex for releasing asbestos into the air.

As homes cozy up for winter, radon levels can build
Nov. 1, 2016 – With winter on the way, many people are making sure best practices are in place for a weather-tight season.

EPA Actions Help Protect Against Lead-Based Paint Health Hazards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that over 100 federal enforcement actions completed over the last year that require entities like renovation contractors, landlords and property managers to protect communities and public health from
exposure to lead.

Warning: Cancer-Causing Chemicals Are Likely Hiding in Your House Dust
Folks may think they’re being health-conscious by buying only organic fruits and vegetables, making sure their family gets plenty of sleep and exercise, and toting around small bottles of hand sanitizer.

Why Checking Basements For Damp In A New Property Is Essential
When you’re purchasing a new property there are a number of things that you should look at before putting in your final offer and going ahead with the purchase

Workers Exposed to Asbestos at Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Campus
Over a dozen workers were exposed to asbestos during the construction project of Building 36 for the Veterans Crisis Line on the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs (VA) campus.

3 pre-winter lawn care pointers
Winter is rarely easy on lawns, but homeowners can take several steps to prepare their lawns for potentially harsh winter weather.

This fall, your pets may be vulnerable to 'unladylike' pests
While temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, pesky Asian lady beetles search for a home to overwinter and sometimes they choose unpleasant places.

Water, water everywhere ... solving the moisture challenge
While knowing you have a moisture problem may be the first step in resolving the issue, learning the true source of the moisture is must for any longterm solution.

Roof inspections prevent problems
Cold weather can be tough on a home, and perhaps no part of a home is more vulnerable to harsh winter weather than its roof.

Record-breaking $40,000 raised for Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization during 8th Alton Miles for Meso 5K
Simmons Hanly Conroy, a national leader in the legal representation of mesothelioma patients and their families, is proud to announce its 8th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 3K Fun Run/Walk on Sept. 24

Be mindful of radon as winter approaches
As residents seal their homes this winter to keep the warm air in and bitter cold out, they must also be aware that naturally occurring radon gas may be increasing to dangerous levels within.

Hort Q & A: Winterizing homes for insects
I am noticing insects starting to come into my home, what do I do?

Carmel couple sues city after 13 years of floods to historic home
As Amy Van Ostrand balanced the care of her husband fighting for life against blood cancer with ongoing efforts to clean up and repair a basement that had severely flooded

Mold scare drives 10 students out of USC dorm
   Ten University of South Carolina students have moved out of the 47-year-old Bates House residence hall over concerns about mold.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/education/article104984726.html#storylink=cpy

Norton fire causes estimated $500,000 in damage
Firefighters on roof of Jeffrey's Pizza after a fire broke out in the Shops in the Pines mini-plaza on East Main Street in Norton Friday.

Navy discovers elevated radon levels on base
Military officials discovered elevated levels of radon during regular testing carried out as part of the Navy’s Radon Assessment and Mitigation Program (NAVRAMP).

How Much is the Drought Really Contributing to Pool Demolition?
The Los Angeles Times recently reported an uptick in the number of Southern California residents who have decided to demolish or bury their backyard pools.

Courthouse to fully reopen by Monday
Spartanburg County courthouse operations should be back to normal next week as mold remediation work wraps up and employees move back into their offices.

Garden: Should I apply one last lawn fertilizer treatment in the fall?
Questions and answers to the Fall check list for your yard

10 Uncommon Home Inspections to Consider Before Selling

Hiring these specialized inspectors can help reveal potential problems before you’re scrambling to close on your home sale.


Home Help: Top 5 secrets from professionals on home renovation
When asked what kind of upgrades homeowners would like to make in their home, most have a similar wish list that includes features like marble or granite counter tops, an open concept kitchen, a remodeled bathroom and a deck.

Gas Leak Causes Evacuation at Senior Home in Rochester, NY
Up to 150 residents in The Shire at Culverton Adult Home were evacuated Saturday afternoon. Firefighters say a gas leak caused the alert.

Parents Frustrated Over Future Of Contaminated School
Clark School in north Hartford was shut down in January 2015 after hazardous chemicals called PCBs were detected in the school's air.

Contractor pleads guilty after illegally removing asbestos
An Indianapolis contractor was sentenced to four months of house arrest and two years of probation after pleading guilty Monday in federal court to illegally removing asbestos.

Strengthening a culture of prevention to mitigate asbestos exposure
107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease and 125 million people across the world will be exposed to asbestos in the workplace

Substance found in Jefferson Hospital's ER being tested for mold
A small portion of Jefferson Hospital’s emergency room was closed off as scientists begin testing a substance found in the wall of the hospital.

Brush Fire Safety: Firefighters Tackle Flames with Special Tools
Spring has sprung in Central New York, but that also sparks a seasonal hazard.

How to resolve 5 common waterproofing issues in commercial buildings
Correct waterproofing is an important part of this promise given the damage that leaky walls and roofs can cause to the occupant’s business.

'Third wave' of asbestos disease upends lives
The fire-resistant mineral first had killed asbestos miners, millers and manufacturing workers.

Mold-Infested Prisons Sicken Guards & Prisoners
New York’s Rikers Island jail, Candie Hailey was locked in a solitary confinement cell ventilated by a mold-covered air duct. 

State’s New Mold Law Viewed as ‘A Little Crazy’

If you find that you have mold in your home and want it removed, you may be in for a surprise by the set of procedures.


New York State Assembly seeks to pass bill to reform lead testing in schools
 New York State senate passed a measure Thursday that protects children from potential lead poisoning found in the water at school buildings.

Tucker Printers of Henrietta Fined Over Waste Disposal
The company had been dumping industrial waste into its septic system for years

Worker Health Complaints Prompt Mold Study At City Hall
What appears to be mold is visible in several parts of the Searles Building that houses the City Hall offices

Genesee Seeks Demolition in Upgrade Plan
A building that's more than a century old may come down to make way for an ambitious upgrade and expansion project at the Genesee Brewery

Asbestos Stirs Concern Over Construction Plans
Removal of the cancer-causing material wasn’t included in initial plans for the school system’s revitalization

Tips for detecting and preventing mold in your house
When a sump pump fails or a pipe bursts, experts say homeowners typically can work to dry out household items themselves.

Battling Birds
A Q&A on pest birds and preventing their presence in food plants.

Water Leaks and Damage Most Common Maintenance Issue
Water damage is a common and major maintenance issue that can cost apartment buyers and owners thousands of dollars to repair

Is Your Home a Death Trap?

How Mold Affects Your Health and Your Home's Value


Cleaning Up After 1991 Ice Storm Wreaked Havoc on Rochester
Rochester was hit with a devastating ice storm 25 years ago, the largest natural disaster in recent memory.

5 Safe Methods to Properly Remove Mold
The IICRC S520 establishes the standard for microbial remediation, which lays out general work practices and methods.

Rochester's Housing Market is Hot
If you’re planning to sell your home, now is the time. If you’re trying to buy a home, you’ve got to act fast.

Poisoned by lead: Portraits that will haunt Flint parents
The parents of Flint, Mich., are the most recent and visible initiates into the world of lead poisoning, a lifelong and life-changing diagnosis.

Building Energy Saving Tips
Simple and effective ways to save energy in your home or office.

Housing at site of toxic plume?

A developer plans a subdivision on what was formerly a site of contamination.


'Zombie house' demolished in Irondequoit
The town demolished one of the 'zombie' properties which stood at 159 Mountcalm Drive.

PCBs in Caulk
EPA has learned that caulk containing potentially harmful polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was used in many buildings, including schools

Take Caution When Bats Are Near
Several highly fatal diseases have been linked to bats.

5 Ways to Show Support During Asbestos Awareness Week
Late last week, the Senate passed Resolution 125 to designate the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week.

Abrasive Blasting for Mold Remediation
As more is understood about the health issues related to mold growth in interior environments, new methods for mold assessment and remediation are being put into practice.

High lead levels found in Penfield schools
Officials with the Penfield School District said they've found elevated lead levels in water samples from all six school buildings.

10 Things to Know About Finishing a Basement
Create a lower level with high style and function.

Many schools aren't tested for radon
Radon, an invisible killer, has gone undetected in more than half of New York's school buildings

Mom Couldn’t Figure Out Cause of Mystery Illness
One Georgia mother was shocked when she recently discovered the cause of her 4-year-old daughter’s mysterious illnesses that had been plaguing her for several months

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Pros
As a homeowner, you should know the basics of finding a home improvement contractor remain constant.

Pet Odors Can Kill a Home Sale
Your beloved pets may provide a great deal of companionship and comfort, but they also bring along smells that home buyers are not going to find appealing.

How to Protect Your Family From Radon When Buying a Newly Built Home
If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.

Traces of lead found in Brighton schools
Elevated levels of lead were found inside three Brighton school buildings.

Environmental Hazards on the Mind of Home Buyers
Homebuyers are increasingly considering environmental hazards that may exist on or near a property

Environmental Hazards: Know the Neighborhood
Today’s ultra health-conscious consumers want the assurance of safety and purity in the products they buy.

Environmental Testing Services Should be on Your Home Inspection Checklist
Most home inspectors lack the knowledge and certifications to test for toxic substances, homebuyers should schedule an environmental inspection

Protect your Home against melting Snow in Rochester NY
We may be overlooking the damage that melting snow can do as it leaves water, slush and mud to terrorize your home.

Avon property developer pleads guilty to exposing workers to asbestos
An Avon man pled guilty to violating the Clean Air Act asbestos work practice standards on Wednesday.

Radon is an unseen danger
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke

Zika Virus
How is it transmitted and what are the risks?

The Surprising Truth about Mold
It's dangerous—but not in the way you think

Syracuse Study: Indoor Air Quality Impacts Work Production
Better indoor air quality can have a significant impact on production at work.

Tainted insulation a risk in older homes
Old-style insulation, tainted by asbestos, a risk in some homes, but fund can help with cleanup bills

Schumer pushes for funds to combat lead poisoning
To help combat the Rochester region's lead paint problem, Senator Schumer has proposed a federal tax credit to offset the cost of cleaning the toxin out of people's homes.

Fixing Dirt Crawlspaces: Liners or Poured Concrete
Over 25 million homes in the U.S. are built over exposed dirt crawlspaces.

Drying a Wet Basement
You may need an interior drain and sump pump to solve the problem

5 things you should do and 1 thing you should NOT do if your pipes freeze
Leaving a faucet open during freezing cold weather can help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting -- which can lead to expensive home damage.

Lead Paint, Lead Toys, Lead Dietary Supplements
The lead pipes in Flint, Michigan, are a tiny part of a huge problem.

4th Patient Infected During Mold Outbreak at Hospital Dies
A fourth transplant patient who contracted a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at a western Pennsylvania hospital has died, officials said Sunday.

Sensible Guide for Healthier School Renovations
This booklet provides school administrators, facility managers, staff and the school community with an overview of how to avoid key environmental health hazards.

BBB's Top 10 Scams for 2015
What was the number one scam reported to BBB's Scam Tracker in 2015? It was tax scams. Click on the photo to learn more about the others.

Dust Mite Allergy Information Overview
If you have allergies or asthma, a tiny creature living in your home could be making big problems for you. Although you can’t see them, you may be having an allergic reaction to them.

Acting Labor Commissioner Reminds NY of New Department of Labor Mold Program
New Law Governing Licensing and Training Goes Into Effect January 1st
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