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MOLD CLEANUP WON'T BE COVERED
Tribune Chronicle, Warren, Ohio, September 18, 2002
By Justin Post
Trumbull County's insurance company denied a request Monday to pay for remediation of
mold that is growing in the basement of the county Health Department offices. The
county's Director of Human Resources James Keating received verbal confirmation from
Gallagher-Bassett Inc. of Boardman that cleaning up the mess wouldn't be covered. The
insurance agency declined to comment.
told, however, that cleanup - which could exceed $65,000 - won't be covered because it's
unknown when the fungus began growing in the building at 176 Chestnut Ave. N.E. County
officials expect a written explanation sometime this week, Keating said.
Commissioners learned in May that a form of toxic mold, stachybatrys, was growing in the
basement office of Emergency Agency Director Linda Beil. The offices were sealed, and two
full-time workers and four part-time employees have been sharing the Trumbull County 911
Center, which Beil has said is not large enough for her department.
At the same
time, air conditioning to the first floor of the Health Department was shut off this
summer to prevent mold from spreading throughout the building. As June temperatures rose
into the 90s, workers became vocal about inadequate working conditions and took up a
petition complaining to commissioners about an uncomfortable work environment.
Commissioner James G. Tsagaris said officials have stalled their decision about whether
to fix the building because they have been awaiting word from the insurance company. With
the arrival of that decision and heating ducts leading from the basement sealed off,
commissioners face a shortening deadline before winter to decide whether to tackle the
mold removal project or scrap the building and relocate.
commissioners opt to keep the building, additional costs would arise to meet state
building codes and fix problems such as a leaking roof. Months of meetings and
discussions about the matter haven't produced a solution, and Tsagaris offered only that
more meetings would be scheduled. ''We have to get together and see what we can do and
see if it (the building) is feasible to fix,'' he said. ''We will probably sit down and
figure this out.''
high price for cleanup, Tsagaris supports relocating the county employees and selling or
abandoning the current Health Department. ''I think it's a lot more money than I would
like to spend,'' he said.
MASSIVE MOLD STUDY
Cleaning Management Online, September 20, 2002
By Michael McCagg
–– The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health is undertaking a massive study
on mold and indoor air quality issues. Jean Cox-Ganser, a NIOSH indoor air quality (IAQ)
researcher, told CM e-News Daily/CMM Online the study will examine work related
asthma in government buildings and schools and its in relation to mold and bio-aerosol
exposure. There will be a particular emphasis on mold and other fungal contaminants in
said NIOSH has not adopted a position on the hotly debated issue of the health impacts of
mold. Some studies have indicated a direct tie between mold and respiratory problems,
including asthma, and even death, but other studies have only determined that more
research is needed.
of thousands of workers in federal buildings and schools across the US "will last a
couple of years," she said. Among the buildings to be studies is the Connecticut
Department of Revenue Services building in Hartford, CT, where the rate of asthma among
its 250 workers was 33 percent higher than the state average.
Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online, September 11, 2002
Mold is a hot subject in many courtrooms around the United States, but in one east
Texas courthouse, it is a growing subject -- literally.
amount of mold litigation has skyrocketed across the US, the Associated Press reported in the
Houston Chronicle that mold
has forced the closure of the Henderson County Courthouse in east Texas.
the facility complained of headaches, heightened allergies and difficulty breathing, the
officials are blaming the problem on a faulty air condition system that allows humidity
levels to reach up to 90 percent in the facility.
e-News Daily/CMM Online has reported numerous times, indoor humidity levels should be
kept between 30 and 60 percent to prevent mold contamination.
estimated $800,000-plus-renovation project is being planned to fix the cause of the
problem and remediate the contamination.