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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.

How Indoor Air Can Make You Healthier
Here are five key questions you can add to your better-breathing checklist to make sure you’re making the most of your indoor air.

Funds Approved for Green Street Demolitions
The city has OK'd funding to demolish all but one of its former Municipal Lighting Department buildings

We Found Asbestos Buried in our Garden, What Should We Do?
Burying asbestos, whether it’s in a garden, farm, or public land, is incredibly dangerous, not only for yourself, but for other people who may disturb the soil at a later date.

Fixer-Uppers Aren’t As Good of a Deal as Homebuyers Thought
If you’re in the market for a house and think a fixer-upper can save you some cash, think again. The average total cost of buying and #renovating the home came to $275,741 approximately $25,000 more than the average cost of a turnkey house.

Studies Show how Homes can Pollute Indoor Air
Studies find that our activities in our home can pollute the air we breathe indoors. And some of those compounds may harm our health.

Testing For Lead At Home In Albany NY
Living with lead, a neurotoxin that can cause low IQs, behavioral and learning issues for children in Albany, NY.

11 Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Home
Most of us are aware of the glaringly obvious hazards that lurk beneath our roofs but there are also a number of hidden dangers in our homes that we should not ignore.

NYS schools not required to test for radon
You can't see, smell or taste it but radon can be deadly.

5 Tips to Keep Your Indoor Air Quality Pure This Winter
Indoor air may carry unhealthy contaminates, and neglecting air quality inside your home can lead to asthmatic conditions.

Signs of Mold in House
Common signs to look for when determining mold inside the home.

Five Steps to Proper Mold Remediation
a basic process for quickly remediating mold problems.

Have You Checked Your Home For Radon?
Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., after smoking.

How To Prevent Mold In The Basement
Mold can grow in any place with sufficient sources of moisture, organic feeding material and oxygen, making the basement the best place for mold growth.

Vermiculite Insulation
The concern with vermiculite insulation material is that in some cases it has been known to contain asbestos fibres.

So You Think You've Got Mold
How to spot and prevent mold.

What Is Radon And Why Should I Care?
Radon is a radioactive, tasteless, odorless and colorless gas that escapes from the ground.

Keep Mold Out Of Your Home
Mold cannot grow in the absence of moisture

Understanding the Risks of Lead Paint
The city would create a database of public housing apartments that contain lead paint by inspecting some 130,000 units.

How To Prep Your Home For Allergy Season
According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, roughly 7.8 percent of adults suffer from hay fever.

BETTER WET OUTSIDE THAN INSIDE
Now that we are in a rainy season, we watch and hope it doesn’t start appearing in our basements.

Should Air Ducts Be On Your Spring Cleaning List?
As spring allergy season approaches, you may hear companies make bold promises to improve your health by reducing allergens in your home.

One-Off Exposure to Asbestos: How to Stay Safe
There’s no doubt asbestos is dangerous, and there has been some debate around what levels of exposure will actually be harmful to one’s health.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect Asbestos
Humans cannot see, smell or taste airborne asbestos fibers.

Water bugs, mold growth among issues discovered during inspection at Grant Sawyer Building
New inspection reports reveal a series of issues discovered at the Grant Sawyer Building

Families scramble as toxic mold forces them from Wellington homes
Mackinton Matador looks at the sign on his front door with a helpless expression.

Vacant Gloversville tannery catches fire
Flames spewed from the site of a former tannery on West 11th Avenue Saturday morning.

Demolition begins of buildings destabilized by Schenectady mudslide
The demolition process has begun on Barney Street in Schenectady where two family homes

Portland Requires Contractors To Protect Neighbors From Lead Paint
Portland City Council closed a 
major loophole in regulations protecting children from exposure to lead in paint.

Power Strip Faulted in Large Blaze at Historic NY Mansion
An overheated power strip is being blamed for the Wednesday morning fire

We can’t afford to ignore indoor air quality – our lives depend on it
We often talk about healthy living and quality of life but have you considered the quality of the air you breathe?

Asbestos to be removed at former bowling alley in Kingston before it’s demolished to make room for apartments
The vacant Midtown bowling alley where an apartment/commercial building is to be constructed must have asbestos removed

Oswego Officials Offer Tips to Keep Pipes From Freezing This Winter
Officials in Oswego are among our area communities reminding residents to check on pipes

Parents Worry About Children’s Health As Crews Test Asbestos In City Playground
Residents are raising health concerns after watching people wearing hazmat suits test for and remove asbestos from a playground on the Lower East Side.

Philly summit tackles childhood lead poisoning
City officials and advocates for children’s health gathered Friday at a conference aimed at helping Philadelphia

Outdoor asbestos piles at former Beech Nut to go
Large piles of asbestos-tainted debris outside the partially demolished former Beech Nut plant

Industry Upset With Risk Of Higher Verdicts In New York's Asbestos Court
The business community and legal reform groups are fighting a decision that exposes asbestos defendants to higher verdicts in NYC

Hurricanes, Water Damage and Mold Contamination All Too Common Lately
Over the last several months, the United States has experienced a series of natural disasters caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate.

The Growing Global Asbestos Trade
So many people still believe asbestos is a thing of the past.

Roberto Clemente Park Reopens After 3 Years
Roberto Clemente Park, which has been closed since 2014, officially reopened to the park on Monday.

Asbestos removal at Kingston fire station ‘substantially completed’
Asbestos removal at Kingston’s Central Fire Station on East O’Reilly Street is largely done, the city engineer says.

A look at mold, depression, suicide
During the past 2-1/2 years of living where have and experiencing the symptoms that both my wife and I have developed

'Needs to be taken seriously': Very high radon levels found in Cumberland County municipality
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has begun sending out letters to residents in one Cumberland County

September 11: Death toll could rise by millions from 'toxic' asbestos dust
The death toll from the September 11 terror attack could soar into the millions as a result of the toxic dust that blanketed New York City when the Twin Towers collapsed.
 

Asbestos removal yet to begin in Kingston firehouse
Asbestos removal in the city’s Central Fire Station — to be done by a contractor who won the job in a coin toss

Coin toss at Kingston City Hall decides contractor for firehouse asbestos removal
A flip of a 1920s silver dollar — a family heirloom passed down from mother to daughter — decided the contract for asbestos removal at the city’s main firehouse.

Falling bricks led to emergency teardown of 3-story building bricks led to emergency teardown of 3-story building
An old three-story building on Schenectady and Strong streets saw its’ demise Thursday.
The Carroll County Solid Waste Management Commission and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) are urging residents to dispose of dangerous substances by taking advantage of Household Hazardous Materials Day later this month. The event to dispose of unsafe chemicals will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. in DMACC’s Carroll campus parking lot. Commission Director, Mary Wittry, says identifying a hazardous waste only takes a moment. - See more at: http://www.1380kcim.com/news/2017/hazardous-waste-day-encourages-residents-to-dispose-of-dangerous-materials-safely/#sthash.98m2Q9Uz.dpuf
Any waste brought to the disposal site should be left in its original packaging and kept in the trunk or truck bed during transit. Business, school and farm waste will be accepted for a charge. For more information on hazardous materials, contact the landfill office at 792-5001 or follow the link included below this story. - See more at: http://www.1380kcim.com/news/2017/hazardous-waste-day-encourages-residents-to-dispose-of-dangerous-materials-safely/#sthash.98m2Q9Uz.dpuf

Feds put Beech Nut on the hook for Canajoharie asbestos cleanup

EPA starts emergency work at Beech-Nut site, tells company to clean up toxic remainder


Building engineers and doctors are putting their heads together to tackle the issue of indoor air pollution and its impact on health.
While air pollution is usually regarded as an issue relating to outdoor smog and fumes, we spend most of our time indoors, where air pollution is just as much an issue but doesn’t get nearly as much attention.

Why you need an Asbestos Management Plan
Asbestos has been around for thousands of years, and given that its widespread use in the building construction industry in Britain was only prohibited in 1999

PG&E set to remove lead paint from transmission towers
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials have stopped using lead-based paint on large transmission towers

Unusually Wet Winter Causes Mold Increase in Homes
It may feel like Spring out, but mold experts are encouraging southern Oregonians to take an extra look around the house.

Mid-Hudson, Catskills dig out from storm that dumped up to 3 feet of snow; ski centers revel in late-winter gift
Highway crews were out in force, schools throughout the region were closed and local residents dug out their cars Wednesday

Why asbestos exposure is still making people sick
Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are struggling to understand why younger populations continue to suffer asbestos-related medical issues despite efforts to reduce exposure from the toxic mineral.

Bond update could eliminate lead paint in Cumberland County schools
It's been 20 years since voters approved a school bond in Cumberland County, but now some school leaders said they feel a bond may be needed for capital improvements.

No mold, no toxic levels of radon: Homestead gets new police HQ
Homestead is getting ready to unveil the city’s new police headquarters.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/homestead/article131805009.html#storylink=cpy

Why DIY Mold Removal Does More Harm Than Good
You might love a good DIY project — but not all projects will love you.

Asbestos may be in your home: 3 things to know
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering more restrictions on the use of asbestos, the cancer-causing fiber that’s more common in Fort Collins than you might expect

NJ child lead protection law massively underfunded
A new law state that mandates tougher protection for thousands of children at risk of lead poisoning provides just a fraction of the potentially $10 million needed to carry out the expanded health mission.

Developer of former Woolworth building in Kingston at odds with NY Historic Preservation Office over façade
A partner in the group that wants to open the Kingston Food Exchange

State taxpayers kick in $500k to support Beech-Nut demolition
Demolition of the dilapidated former Beech-Nut factory in Canajoharie could resume this summer with support from a $500,000 state grant announced this week, Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said Friday

Putnam Warns 32 Percent Of Homes 'High-Risk' For Cancer-Causing Radon
Putnam County health officials are warning residents that more than 32 percent of homes have been deemed "high risk" for radon.

Asbestos discovered in neighborhood
People living in a Davidson neighborhood are worried about how much exposure they've had to asbestos.

Downtown Utica property get funding for rehab work
Utica is getting $1 million to help it rehabilitate two historic buildings into mixed-use properties.

Asbestos and pre-1990 adolescent exposure
A recent study reported that nearly half of almost 200 adults that were exposed to Libby amphibole asbestos as adolescents were subject to pleural thickening in their lungs later in life

Getting the lead out
Nationwide news reports of lead poisoning in children have prompted changes to state laws, demanding greater accountability and mitigation of the heavy metal.

Hungry Parrot closed indefinitely because of building issues
The Corona Extra surfboard tacked to the outside of the Hungry Parrot still promises guests will find limoncello and fruity sangria inside the restaurant and tiki bar

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/business/article124547414.html#storylink=cpy

Seven Brooklyn subway platforms closing for weekend
Bay Ridge- and Coney Island-bound trains will skip several stations this weekend starting tonight for maintenance and asbestos-removal.

5 things to know about radon in your home
Two things we know about radon are it exists in Fort Collins and long-term exposure to high levels can lead to a cancer diagnosis.

For first time in decades, optimism at First Prize Center
here’s reason for optimism at the former Tobin First Prize plant. It only took 35 years.

Board Proposes to Repaint Water Tower - Versus Building New One
Despite the high price tag, the Washington Board of Public Works opted to move forward with a plan to repaint the Crestview water tower.

9 months later, mold still a problem for DISD school
DISD continues to battle a mold problem at Zumwalt Middle School.

Asbestos removal from former Lincoln mill site will cost $16 million
It would cost about $16 million to remove asbestos and other above-ground toxins from ...

Mold-related illness: Hysteria or menace?
Lisa Lusk, now 47, first met with the Roanoke-based osteopath more than two years ago.

Get Ready. Winter’s Coming. Spray Foam Insulation Can Protect You in More Ways than You Can Imagine.
Even though this has been the hottest year on record, leaves are beginning to turn, and we face yet another season of biting cold, snow, sleet, and generally miserable winter weather.

Record-high level of radon found in Lehigh County home
The highest level of radon ever recorded in Pennsylvania was found in a newly constructed house in Center Valley, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday.

N.H. Nonprofit Tackles Lead Paint Poisoning
A nonprofit law firm serving low-income New Hampshire families and seniors has been awarded a $450,000 grant to tackle the problem of childhood lead poisoning.

5 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Humidifier
Static hair, nosebleeds and cracked skin are all signs that dry, cold winter weather has arrived. Great.

Maintain carpets, ducts and tile
Keeping up on the housework can be a constant battle, especially with busy work and school schedules.

New funding available for busy Newburgh land bank
Newburgh Community Land Bank has received $4.4 million in state funds over the past three years, according to a report from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and has fixed 36 dilapidated properties.

How much lead have you inhaled from your wall paint?
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC), in its recent notification, has prohibited manufacture, trade, import as well as export of household and decorative paints containing lead or lead compounds in excess of 90 parts per million (ppm).

How to improve indoor air quality as winter approaches
With fall soon to give way to winter, many people will soon be spending more time indoors.

Removal of Glory Days debris complete
HERKIMER — A vacant lot now makes up the space where the former Glory Days building once stood.

A Different Vote–One That Could Have an Impact on Lead Exposure
There’s a vote coming this month you should know about and it doesn’t involve Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Ridgewood’s radioactive hotspot has been added to the state’s Superfund Program
A radioactive, former industrial site on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border that’s already part of the federal Superfund program was recently been added to the state’s Superfund initiative

Asbestos Abatement Underway at Demolition of 5 Historic East Village Brownstones

The protests of hundreds couldn't keep the government from destroying the buildings to make way for a millennial-targeted hotel.


Central Linn Elementary School remains closed Thursday
Central Linn Elementary School will remain closed Thursday while the school district waits for results from air quality testing and fungus mitigation.

Free test kits offered for Radon Action Week

(WPBN/WGTU)-- In honor of National Radon Action Week, the District 4 Health Department will be offering free radon test kits.


Basics of Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace
The quality of indoor air in the workplace is important not only for workers' comfort, but also for their health.

Caring for your home after a flood
Hurricane Matthew has caused devastating effects across the southeast.

Fayette County Public Schools approves funding for radon mitigation
On Monday, the Fayette County School Board voted in favor to approve a sum of $571,846.00 that will be used to make adjustments at nine schools, to reduce the levels of radon.

5 forms of popular insulation

Keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter – how does it know?  A quick primer in Insulation.


Saratoga Springs finance chief wants $750,000 from taxpayers for office renovation
The city has approved this year's 2017 capital budget. And among one of the most costly items on the $9 million to-do list is renovations to the Commissioner of Finance's City Hall office.

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

Schuylerville DPW Employees Work Under Collapsed Roof, Mold-Coated Walls
Take a walk inside Rob Decker's office and you'll see the floor boards coated in black mold and a ceiling stained from leaks. He's worked inside the building at 15 Canal Street in Schuylerville for the last eight years.

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.

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

Is Your Home a Death Trap?

How Mold Affects Your Health and Your Home's Value


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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