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Coronavirus in New York: Data Center

Coronavirus cases hit 142 in NYS, up 35% in 1 day, Gov. Cuomo unveils state hand sanitizer

Despite negative test result, local doctors still concerned about local coronavirus cases

Newest Deepening Concern: CORONAVIRUS in Upstate New York
The Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 is a disturbing global development. Coronaviruses are a massive family of viruses.

Cuomo introduces new measures to protect children from lead paint exposure
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 budget has new protections for children exposed to lead paint.

7 Living Room Renovation Ideas on a Budget
What's the primary motivation for tackling any room renovation, whether it’s a living room, bedroom or bathroom?

Indoor Carbon Dioxide Levels Could be a Health Hazard, Scientists Warn
While air pollutants such as tiny particles and nitrogen oxides have been the subject of much research, there have been far fewer studies looking into the health impact of CO2.

Feds Offer $330M to Clean up Lead Paint
The money will be available in the form of grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Cities, counties, tribal governments and other local leadership bodies can apply for the grants, which will be awarded in sums up to $9.1 million for a five-year period.

Where Water Goes, Mold Surely Grows
With summer in full swing, it is that time of year again in many parts of the country for the dreaded hurricane season

The 4 Signs That Your Home Needs New Insulation
Proper and lasting insulation is of utmost importance in order to maintain warm and cold air inside a home.

Clean Up Lead Before It Wrecks More American Lives
Like the Romans, the U.S. uses lead to supply water -- about a third of all U.S. water systems use lead pipes. And until just a few years ago, plumbing fixtures containing as much as 8% lead could be sold as “lead-free.”

Asbestos Contamination Found in More Claire's Cosmetics
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found more asbestos in make-up sold at Claire's, an accessory store geared towards young teenagers.

‘Indoor Radon Exposure Raises Tumor Mutation in Lung Cancer Patients’
The study revealed that non-smoking lung cancer patients exposed to a high level of radon have a poor prognosis and a high chance of recurrence due to the increased tumor mutation.

Stafford schools to make changes to asbestos management practice following EPA review of complaint
Stafford County Public Schools is making changes to the way it communicates information about asbestos-containing materials in its schools following a review of its practices by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Air Conditioners, Mold and More: What You Need to Know
Examine your air conditioner and be on the lookout for clusters of tiny black spots along the air duct.

6 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Mold Exposure
Do you sneeze regularly or have a constantly runny nose? Exposure to mold may be causing these problems.

EPA’s Latest Asbestos Regulation Falls Short of Full Ban
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a new regulation on Wednesday that will make it tougher to domestically manufacture, import or sell products made with asbestos, the toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma and other diseases.

Radon in Schools? Bill Would Begin to Mandate Testing in Radon-Dense Pa.
A new bill in the Statehouse would require every school district in Pennsylvania to test for radon and inform parents of the results.

The Vital Importance of Getting Your Home Tested for Mold, Especially Post-Superstorm Sandy
Our homes are our sanctuaries, places where we usually feel our very safest. But, what if there were something inside that home – within its very walls, hidden out of sight – that could be literally poisoning you?

Irondequoit strip mall being razed for ESL branch
A vacant strip mall at 2256 Hudson Ave. near Titus Avenue in Irondequoit

How to Protect Yourself from Hidden Mold Problems During a Purchase of a Hotel
Most prospective owners involved in the process of acquiring a hotel property understand that some renovations may be necessary, but aren’t prepared for hidden moisture and mold damage that will exponentially escalate repair costs.

January is National Radon Action Month
The EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. The purpose of this is to increase awareness of radon.

Could Asbestos Be in Your Favorite Alcoholic Drink?
It is now known that chrysotile and amphibole asbestos fibers have been widely used in the production of alcohol.

Radon Remains a Hazard in Genesee County NY

Choose Optimal Air Quality
Most exposure to environmental chemicals happens indoors, and indoor air pollution levels can be from two to five times greater than outdoor air pollution.

What You Can’t See May Be Greatly Impacting Your Family’s Health
Mold is a living organism that reproduces by releasing spores, which then latch onto household surfaces. It can enter the home through open windows and doors, or on the bottom of your shoes.

What to Expect From a Home Inspection
You need a professional home inspection before you commit. An inspection should uncover any potential issues so you have a complete picture of what you’re buying.

How to Make Your House More Environmentally Friendly
The average family is exposed to thousands of environmental toxins from inside their own home, but there are simple things you can do to make your living space healthier for your family.

How does radon get into a building?
Most indoor radon comes into the building from the soil or rock beneath it.

Energy efficiency, ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, according to the U.S. EPA.

Intellipure Ultrafine 468 Air Purifier Review
Indoor air is frequently more than 10 times (and often more than 100 times) more polluted than outdoor air.

How to find the best water damage professional
Even if you don’t live in areas prone to flooding, water damage can happen.

4 potential problems with old homes
Either you love them to pieces or you just don’t get what all the fuss is about.

Survey Shows Why A Wet Basement Is Bad News And How To Avoid It
Whether you rent or own, the verdict comes out the same – living in a home with a wet basement is bad news.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

'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

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.

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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