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Rockland County Health Dept. Reminds Residents Of Mosquito Treating

Rockland Co. Health Department would like to remind residents to start treating catch and storm basins to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.


Air Quality Awareness Week
Learn how air quality affects your health during Air Quality Awareness Week, Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5, 2017.

Risk of radon in your home: Consumer Reports
So you’re in the market to buy a house, and you think you’ve found the one. Then you order an inspection and find out the radon levels in the house are high.

RHS demolition work continues
Demolition work on the old Rawlins high school pool continued Wednesday as workers started cleaning up the debris left from Tuesday’s activities.

Chuck's sues developer who plans to tear down landmark University Hill bar
The owner for Hungry Chuck's is asking a judge to put the brakes on demolition work planned by a developer who wants to replace the landmark bar with a high rise building.

See NY counties with highest levels of cancer-causing radon gas
Here are New York counties with the highest average radon levels in the state.

Childhood Exposure To Lead Can Blunt IQ For Decades, Study Suggests
A link between early childhood lead exposure and a dip in a person's later cognitive ability and socioeconomic status.

Before a home improvement project, asbestos testing may be required
When Northeast Portlander Andrea Damewood decided to remodel the bathroom in her home, she began to take all the necessary steps to ensure a successful home improvement project.

Now, the big dig out
Snow continues to fall over central New York after Tuesday’s all-day snow storm dumped 19 inches at Syracuse’s Hancock Airport and as much as 40 inches in parts of the Mohawk Valley.

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.

5 Ways to Protect Your Family in 2017
Protecting your family and loved ones is one of your most important responsibilities.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Linked To Low Worker Productivity
As companies seek to improve their bottom line, many examine worker productivity as a means of cutting costs and boosting revenue.

Dump spilling toxic asbestos on to Bray beach
An exposed dump is spilling toxic asbestos on to a beach in Bray, Co Wicklow – and may contain more then twice the volume of waste as thought.

Ice jams, standing water lead to mold and water damage
Missoula County health specialists are warning people to look out for mold growth in their homes and attic spaces as temperatures rise and snow melts.

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

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


Dwellings and lead contamination
Last year, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., brought the issue of lead poisoning from water pipes to the front of people's attention.

Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint Force Eviction of Grapevine Recovery Center in Boise
Since 1952, countless men and women have walked through the doors of the Grapevine Club, a support and recovery center in the North End that holds several daily meetings for people in Twelve Step protrams.

Demolition of Chuck's building could start as early as March

Demolition of Chuck's building could start as early as March


2-year-old girl diagnosed with extreme lead poisoning in DC
A two-year-old girl has been diagnosed with one of the worst cases of lead poisoning that’s been seen in the District in decades, according to doctors.

URA: Mold contamination in Manny Hanny
Urban Renewal Agency on Friday reported that mold contaminates the long-vacant structure.

How to prevent mold in your house
As a healthy homes expert, some of the most common questions I am asked have to do with mold inside the home.

Syracuse Land Bank addresses lead in homes, zombie properties in DeWitt
The Greater Syracuse Land Bank recently made its 400th sale after it began selling tax-delinquent properties in 2013.

Madison County offering free radon testing
The Madison County Health Department is encouraging residents to take advantage of a free radon testing service to make sure their homes and families are safe.

$850,000 clean-up bill for asbestos dumped in public park
RATEPAYERS will fork out at least $850,000 following a Kingston council blunder that led to asbestos-ridden soil dumped in a public park.

Charity Hospital $6.3 million clean-out project begins Tuesday
The old Charity Hospital in New Orleans is an iconic building that has sat vacant since Hurricane Katrina

EPA Issues 'Last Call' For Free Asbestos Inspections In Libby, Troy
People living in Libby and Troy have until the end of March to contact the Environmental Protection Agency to have their houses checked for asbestos contamination for free.

School asbestos removal causes worries
The president of the Lawrence Teachers Union wants the entire Bruce School closed while contractors remove as many as 5,000 ceiling tiles containing asbestos

Detecting Radon Gas In Schools And Commercial Buildings
Toxic, odorless, and colorless, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates.

Concerns About Cancer-Causing Asbestos Rise Amid Mass. Renovation Boom
Demolition worker Henry Aguilar stopped short when he saw cracked floor tile glued to the underside of a carpet he was tearing out of an office in downtown Boston.

PA Schools Aren't Required To Test For Lead Or Radon, So Many Pittsburgh-Area Districts Don't
What was supposed to be a routine visit to the pediatrician with little Oren resulted in a finding that sent Katy Rank Lev and her husband, Corey, into a frenzy.

Black mold found at Eisenhower High School
Black mold, known to cause serious health effects such as chronic lung illnesses, has grown behind some of the walls in at least one classroom at Eisenhower High School, school district officials said Monday.

Is Your Roof Gaining Weight This Winter?
Snow accumulation and even heavy rains set the stage for potential roof collapse. Here are four actions to take that will minimize this threat to people and property.

Water Damage Emergencies Structural Drying Mold Removal US Website Launched
National Water Damage, a group of water damage restoration certified professionals, launched a new business website.

Asbestos Losses Continue to Haunt P/C Insurers: A.M. Best
Net ultimate asbestos losses for the U.S. property/casualty industry have risen once again. They’re now at $100 billion, and that’s $15 billion higher than the previous estimate, according to a new A.M. Best report.

Beware of Radon, the uninvited guest in our homes
With cool fall weather upon us, our thoughts turn to closing up the house tight for the winter.

Mark Hague: Lead-cleanup focus turns to paint
Lead can have significant impacts on a child’s health and development and can be frightening to parents and others who strive every day to provide for the safety of the most vulnerable among us.

Environmental Asbestos Raises Mesothelioma Among Women
For decades, mesothelioma has predominately affected white men older than 60 years of age.

Secure and Prepare Your Home, Exterior, and Personal Property
Fierce winter storms can cause havoc. But there is no reason they should completely overturn your life and endanger your well-being.

Find Out if You Have a Radon Problem
Radon is a naturally-occuring radioactive gas, a breakdown product of uranium, which is found in rock and soil everywhere. Since it is colourless and odourless, you cannot know if it's there without testing.

Allegany Co. committee moves toward Tronetti House demolition
Allegany County lawmakers moved Wednesday toward removing valuable woodwork from the former Tronetti House in preparation for demolition.

6 Things Home Sellers Are Legally Required To Disclose
It’s a question that plagues many residential sales: As a seller, what do you — and don’t you — need to tell the buyer about your home?

The Green Scale
In sizing up a prospective house, more and more homebuyers are asking themselves how the property rates on the green scale.

Syracuse called slow, costly and poor performer when bypassed for $3M lead removal grant
Syracuse's application for a $2.9 million federal grant to restart its program to remove lead paint from city homes was rejected because of the program's poor performance, high costs and slow lab testing, according to a city official.

12 Home Repairs That Are Way Too Risky to Put Off
Nobody ever cheers at the thought of tackling home repairs. They’re annoying, costly, time-sucking endeavors.

Four Easy Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home
It’s late and you’re in your favorite, cozy pajamas. You get in bed and pull up the warm comforter.

IG Says Base Housing Is Just As Bad As You Thought
Service members and their families are exposed to health and safety hazards at base housing worldwide that could be alleviated by inspections and better maintenance

County authorizes mold remediation at nutrition kitchen
Essex County lawmakers authorized up to $25,000 for the purchase of a new cooler, and up to $20,000 to remediate mold issues at the senior meal nutrition kitchen.

Poorly installed bath fan vents can cause serious problems
I'm a do-it-yourselfer, and I'm going to remodel a bathroom. I don't like our current exhaust bath fan and am going to install a new one.

Church arson investigation going strong, despite lack of answers
When Clark County Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway thinks about the arsonist —  or arsonists — who damaged three local church buildings this past spring, he is met with mostly questions.

Ask Angie: The cost of filling in an in-ground swimming pool
Dear Angie: We want to get rid of our in-ground pool. What's involved?

Cleanup set to begin at abandoned, asbestos-ridden Barwick Mills site
The cleanup and demolition process at the site of an abandoned, asbestos-ridden mill in North Georgia is expected to begin within a month.

Asbestos work on Oneida County Office Building resumes
On-going asbestos abatement project at Oneida County office building has led to nearly 20 years of shuffling departments and floors.

Black mold takes hold at Brockton Public Library
An outbreak of black mold is costing the Brockton Public Library, and workers have expressed concerns about the health threat posed by the spores

Tab for school mold problem may exceed $383,000
The Vigo County School Corp. is asking for an emergency allocation of $383,964 from the capital projects fund for mold remediation at West Vigo High School.

Is Your Home a Death Trap? What You Need to Know About Radon in Your Home
Real estate is all about location, location, location – and in more ways than one.

East Pennsboro Area High School to reopen Wednesday after mold remediation
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. – Students at East Pennsboro Area High School will be back in class on Wednesday.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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


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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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