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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

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.

Should I Be Worried About Asbestos Exposure?
Many buildings made before 1980 have a higher risk of asbestos. It is important to contact an asbestos abatement professional to remove the material safely!

How to Remove Bathroom Mildew Smells
Learn how you can get rid of that mildew misery and restore your bathroom to its former scent in no time.

Your Health Includes Addressing Radon, Lead, and Mold
Check out some of the different issues that could appear in your home and how to avoid them to keep yourself healthy.

Clear the Air to Cut Risks of Indoor Pollution
We should be taking extra care to reduce harmful toxin levels in our homes. Pre-schoolers, pregnant women, the disabled and the elderly may be especially vulnerable to the effects of pollution and poor ventilation.

Fix Foundation Heave Caused by Wet, Expanding Soil
Foundation heave is the uplift of the foundation caused by wet, expanding soil beneath a slab floor. This uplift occurs when it is dry outside your foundation and wet underneath it.

Residents unaware of asbestos spill
Residents of the Driftwood Apartments near North Avenue and 28 Road were unaware of a major asbestos spill

Lake Ontario at record level, expected to rise even more this week
Lake Ontario has reached a new record high level

Doing a home renovation could void your insurance policy
When it comes to home renovation, no one has any problem looking for contractors

Why You Should Take Home Ventilation Seriously
A newly built home in San Francisco, Residence 950, takes indoor air quality very seriously

12 Big Mistakes That Lead to Mold and Mildew Growth

Mold and mildew are types of fungus that thrive in moist


Spring weather brings allergy issues to SWOK
It is a rough time of year for allergies in southwest Oklahoma and one Lawton doctor says

Basements, rivers show first signs of spring flooding
The running and puddling water will get a lot worse, and cause a lot more problems, before the rain finally quits.

Here’s a pre-spring home maintenance checklist
It’s vital to start on your winter-recovery checklist

Professionals Provide Tips To Prevent Flood Damage
There are some steps you can take now to prevent flood damage to your home.

Out The Window With Radon
From centuries-old homes to brand-new buildings, radon does not discriminate when it comes to houses.

5 Ways You Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
Air pollution is not just restricted to the surroundings outside our homes

Asbestos in Homes: Will You Find It in Yours?
You have heard of Asbestos. You know it is dangerous but do you know how dangerous?

Utica awarded $3.5M for lead removal
The city has been awarded $3.5 million in federal funding to help remove lead hazards from homes in Utica.

7 Causes of Attic Mold
It is a good practice to conduct regular checks in your attic

How Radon Causes Lung Cancer
Radon Gas is the Most Potent Carcinogen in your Home

Hidden Hazards
Is your home making you sick?

Colder weather highlights importance of indoor air quality
When most people think of “air quality,” they think of the outdoors; the smog, haze, even pollen.

Watch for warning signs of foundation issues
Whether you’re hunting for a new home or trying to keep your current residence in good shape, you want a good solid foundation.

What are the effects of black mold exposure?
Long-term exposure to black mold is potentially harmful to health

Handling Asbestos
The safe removal and handling of asbestos is vital to preventing dangerous exposures.

How to Prevent a Mold Outbreak After Your Home Floods
To keep mold in check, you should attack the problem within 24 to 48 hours.

Free lead paint testing, repairs available to homeowners, renters
Homeowners and renters in Allegheny County can have their homes tested for lead, and repaired, for free.

TOXIC CITY SICK SCHOOLS
The beloved teacher in Room 302 at Lewis C. Cassidy elementary school was out on medical leave.

Choking on the Splinters
Termites aren’t the only bugs eating at Woody’s Diner

Use renovations to create healthier homes
Home renovation projects are done for several different reasons

Identifying the best solution for a wet basement
Our wet winter has left a lot of homeowners with wet basements.

Are home renovations necessary?
A few months ago, I received an email from a woman who had bought a 1964 ranch with all its original interiors

One in 15 homes has a radon issue: How to test for and get rid of radioactive gas
Whether you’ve been in your home for years or are just about to close on a new home in the Helena area

Winter Woes: What does home insurance cover?
Mother Nature can be brutal in winter, serving up sub-zero temperatures, ice, wind and snow.

Asbestos: A Ticking Time Bomb for Marine Industry
The International Maritime Organization should amend the SOLAS Regulation banning the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) in ships.

Locals concerned over landfill project
A group of residents, some who live near the Hakes C&D Landfill in Painted Post, are opposing a proposal to expand it

Protecting your family from a deadly gas that could be inside your home
Unbeknownst to millions of families, the leading cause of lung cancer

Forced to pump water into street to keep homes from flooding, they want Spokane County's help
Waking up to find water seeping up through the carpet of her finished basement

Cuomo: New York State will help 70 flood-affected families in Plattsburgh
Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh on Wednesday with some big announcements

School addresses parents' concerns after mold scare
Many parents who were worried about their children's safety showed up at Lincoln Charter School after the scare.

Work On Flooded Town Hall Should Be Complete In 2 Weeks: Supe
Renovations are underway for the east side of Southold Town Hall

LAWYER: KIDS IN NYCHA UNITS STILL AT RISK FOR POISONING FROM LEAD PAINT
A lawyer who represents several mothers whose children have tested positive for lead poisoning

Record-Breaking Winter Weather Exposes Asbestos Threats
The brutal winter storms affecting most of the U.S. bring more dangers than just freezing temperatures and icy roads.

Childhood lead poisoning remains a widespread problem in America
Many scientific studies have documented lead’s negative effect on brain and social development and the toxic metal’s connection to failure in school, delinquency and crime.

7 Signs You Might Have Toxic Mold In Your Home
Seeing mold growing on an old piece of bread is creepy enough, but mold in the home is something next level.

Johnson & Johnson not liable for woman's asbestos sickness, jury rules
A California jury on Thursday ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit

Is There a Link Between Radon Exposure and Breast Cancer?

Naturally-occurring radon can be found at higher than recommended levels in some people’s homes


NY's Southern Tier has dangerously high radon levels
They found out two days after Christmas when the doctor came back with Joe Linnertz's diagnosis: lung cancer.

Consumer Reports: Don't Let Radon Gas Ruin Your New Home Purchase
If you’re in the market for a new home, and you think you’ve found the right one.

Great Bridge High's football stadium has leaks, cracks and mold. And supporters want answers.
Cracks in bleachers. Water leaks. Mold.

YOUR OPINION: In frack debate, departments drop the ball
We don’t need a Chernobyl to happen in Binghamton or Albany

B.C. contractor exposed to asbestos blows whistle, says government made his life a 'nightmare'
When general contractor Don Garrett was invited to bid on plumbing work in Agassiz’s Kent Prison in 2008

High levels of radon found in wells across certain areas of Pennsylvania
A U.S. Geological Survey study released Thursday show high levels of cancer-causing radon have been found in some Pennsylvania water wells.

Asbestos in Scotland remains a 'health time bomb'
The use of asbestos in Scottish schools has created a health "time bomb", medical and legal experts have claimed.

Maine’s rate of asbestos deaths is highest in nation
Cancer linked to asbestos is killing residents in Maine at the highest rate in the country, decades after the implementation of federal regulations to limit exposure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Salem VA Hospital says mold infestation fully cleaned up
The Salem VA Hospital says it has fully cleaned up a mold issue in three of its buildings.

Broome County Land Bank receives grant to demolish 17 blighted properties
More blighted properties in our area are subject to the wrecking ball thanks to a grant from the New York State Attorney General.

Lead Paint: Stricter Requirements, Longterm Health Complications, And Challenges for Landlords
Proposed Senate Bill 247 aims to prevent lead poisoning in children by strengthening lead testing requirements for children, and placing stricter requirements on properties containing lead paint.

2 Vancouver-Area Schools Test High For Radon
Classrooms in Washington’s fifth largest school district are undergoing tests for radon.

Syracuse and Binghamton running away with snow trophy
As the snow keeps piling up, it might seem like Rochester has a lock on the annual Golden Snowball Derby, the friendly competition among upstate cities for the highest seasonal snowfall total.

Major West Auckland construction site worries residents
A construction site in West Auckland has caused health concerns among residents

Fresh clues on reasons for high radon levels in Galway
New aerial surveys of the landscape of Co Galway have given fresh clues as to the region's high radon gas levels.

Mom worried about living in apartment with black mold with young kids
A Mom of three young kids is worried about living in her apartment with her three young kids since it's contaminated with black mold.

City puts demolition on hold after asbestos discovered
The demolition of a building has been put on hold after officials discovered a not-so-pleasant surprise while tearing it down.

Landlords criticize expense of city lead-hazard testing proposal
Lancaster landlords and real estate professionals gave City Council an earful about a proposed lead hazard ordinance Tuesday evening

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

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


ADAO Announces Agenda for 13th Annual Asbestos Conference
An award-winning investigative journalist, a Montana lawmaker and a popular musician will headline the 13th Annual Asbestos Prevention and Awareness Conference, set for April 7-9 in the Washington, D.C., area.

This Old House: Cute but Dangerous

Any home built before 1978 could pose a very real health threat to your child — here's why


Despite new law, EPA fails to tell millions of Montana asbestos danger
A change in federal law that could warn tens of millions of residents and homeowners across the country about the dangers of a Montana-mined mineral insulation in their ceilings and attics may be too little, too late.

Here's How: Considerations when building a healthy home
All my children have allergies. We are planning to build a new house and I need to avoid the "sick house syndrome" from poor indoor air quality.

Adios, Asbestos
Canadian Federal government announces plan to ban asbestos by 2018

Radon levels in Lancaster County still among highest in Pennsylvania
Lancaster County still has some of the highest and most dangerous levels of radon in the state, new Department of Environmental Protection data show.

Health board weighs lead testing for all small children in Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Board of Health has approved for public comment a policy that would require lead exposure testing for all young children in the county.

Two San Joaquin County zip codes have higher than average lead levels in children
Two San Joaquin County zip codes have children under six years old with lead levels higher than the state average, according to recently released state public health data.

Expert Advice to Prevent and Remove Household Mold
You can procrastinate about some cleaning tasks, but when it comes to mold, it’s better to take care of it sooner rather than later.

5 Ways Poor Indoor Air Quality is Costing You
Indoor air pollution is anywhere from two to five times higher that is normally encountered out doors.

Prevention of Lead Poisoning
Lead is a highly toxic metal.

Major asbestos works about to take place at Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral is about to undergo major asbestos removal works, which will allow full maintenance access to its hardest to reach areas.

Question Of The Week: Wintertime Indoor Air Quality?
When your building heating system goes into steady operation during the cold weather months, do you also ensure humidity levels don't fall too low?

Real Christmas trees may trigger allergies for some
Mold can be found on food, plants and even in your home, but according to local doctors, it can also be spotted on Christmas trees.

Asbestos Taskforce changes its mind on Duffy garage and adds it to demolition list
The Asbestos Taskforce has done an about-turn and agreed to demolish a Duffy garage that the owners say was used to store Mr Fluffy asbestos in garbage bags.

Leaks and Mold Are Ruining the Disney Magic in Celebration, Florida
In November, 1996, Walt Disney Co. unveiled the nation’s first Disney-built theme town, an 11-square-mile enclave near the Magic Kingdom designed to be a modern-day suburban Utopia.

The Rise & Fall (and Legacy) of Asbestos Comic Book Villains
As a comic book fan and proud nerd, I’ve always believed the key to a great superhero is an even greater villain.

HomeWork: Protecting yourself from the dangers of lead-based paints

Q: We want to get renovations started on our pre-1978 home, but we’re worried about lead paint and whatnot. What do we need to know to stay safe?


This Is the Dirtiest Thing In Your Kitchen
A kitchen sponge could actually be as much as 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat

Fire heavily damages local salon Friday night
A natural gas grill is being blamed for a fire that heavily damaged a local beauty salon Friday night.

The rise of the basement: Top tips for a better space
With fewer homes for sale and good returns on the remodeling investment, more homeowners are reclaiming their lower levels and remodeling their basements.

Five things you should know about radon—a radioactive cancer-causing gas
New research from SFU health sciences professor Anne-Marie Nicol and CAREX Canada found Quebec to be the only province in the country with mandatory radon testing in schools.

Many People Still Ignore Dangers of Asbestos
Fifteen years ago, I stood in the middle of my living room, looked up at the offensive 1960s ceiling tiles and started crying with a vengeance.

5 Tips in Choosing Water Damage Service
To help you find the right company here are some tricks of the trade for choosing the right professional water damage restoration services.

Library staff works to control mold infestation
A sheet of plastic hangs across a section of Pelletier Library’s first floor, indicating that the section is closed.

Jackson County issues statement on settlement in courthouse asbestos case
A settlement has been reached in the class-action lawsuit brought by two former employees who were exposed to asbestos during Jackson County courthouse renovations more than 30 years ago.

23 Districts Now Reporting High Lead in Water
WESTERN NEW YORK -- A total of 23 school districts in Western New York have now reported elevated levels of lead in some of their water sources, according to a review of district websites across the region.

Classes Resume Tuesday at Bancroft Elementary
After routine air quality testing revealed elevated levels of microparticles at George Bancroft Elementary last Friday, the Scranton School District hired a professional service company

HUD proposes new lead-based paint rule to protect kids
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced a new proposed rule that would lower the threshold for responding to elevated blood lead levels in children under 6 years old living in HUD-assisted housing.

Adandoned Homes Move Toward Demolition Under New Process
Township officials say this house on South Beverly Drive is first on the list for demolition under a new set of steps establishing the home as a long-term abandonment.

Indoor radon: What you need to know about this deadly poison
You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but radon gas could be in your home causing serious health problems for you and your family.

Southern Trust Home Services Offers Tips to Improve your Indoor Air Quality
Southern Trust Home Services, leading southern Virginia home services provider, offers alternatives to improve the quality of air in your home as cold weather moves in

16 Low-Cost Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter
Heating costs can throw a wrench into your winter budget.

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

First day at Syracuse's Bellevue Elementary School pushed back after water pipe burst
The first day of school at Bellevue Elementary in Syracuse will have to wait -- until water damage is fixed.

Queen City Landing court ruling under review by opponents
The two groups that have challenged Buffalo’s approval for the Queen City Landing project on the city’s waterfront said they are reviewing their legal options, including an appeal after a State Supreme Court ruling on Sept. 14 allowed the development to move ahead.

Denied funding for lead paint removal endangers Syracuse community
On the windows and doors of older homes lurks a substance that can lead to intellectual disabilities, comas and death in high enough concentrations: lead.

Testing kits address issue of lead paint in Buffalo
With lead paint in homes a continuing health concern in Buffalo, the city has purchased more than 1,400 testing kits and is about to buy about 14,000 more.

Industrial waste site in Camillus eyed for inland cargo port
CSX railroad tracks near Airport Road in Camillus lead to an industrial waste bed that is being eyed for a proposed inland cargo port.

Jordan-Elbridge school district declares environmental 'emergency'
The Jordan-Elbridge School Board will spend $500,000 to clean up lead, asbestos and radon at three schools including Ramsdell Middle School.

Former DEC project manager pleads guilty to running contractor fraud scheme
A former Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) project manager pleaded guilty today to charges that he operated an elaborate contractor fraud scheme.

Queen City Landing asbestos removal to start for $60 million project
Preliminary asbestos removal within the former Freezer Queen property on Buffalo’s waterfront is expected to begin.

Lackawanna mother's home flooded
When a water main burst just down the street from her home Sunday, a Lackawanna's mother's home was flooded.

Environmental contamination impacts child's school performance
Study revels a link between the poor academic performance of primary school children and their level of exposure to environmental contaminants.

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.

'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

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.

'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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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