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November 13, 2018

NBC10 Boston Responds: New House Nightmare

Source: https://www.nbcboston.com, November 7, 2018
By: Leslie Gaydos

Christie and Mike D’Andrea are rebuilding their lives after they lost their home.

“It’s like having a house fire, you lose everything, its tragic,” said homeowner Christie D’Andrea.“You say your house is full of mold and you’ve lost everything people kind of look at you and go, what?”

The couple closed on a newly constructed $481,000 home on Birch Street in Pembroke in Dec. 2014.

They moved in on New Year’s Day and Mike proposed in the front yard. But their new beginning took a disastrous turn weeks later when they discovered mold in the attic and water in the basement.

“I just wish we had never bought it, it turned into such a nightmare,” said D’Andrea.“I wish we had never found the listing. I wish we never embarked on this.”

The D’Andrea’s moved out of the house earlier this year.

They were having health issues they blamed on toxic mold exposure. Mike said he had lost sixty pounds and Christie complained of numbness in her hands and arms. They say their doctor advised them to move out and take nothing with them.…

November 8, 2018

Carbon monoxide leak at downtown Nashville Westin hotel sends several to hospital

Source: https://www.tennessean.com, November 7, 2018
By: Natalie Neysa Alund and Mariah Timms

Emergency crews evacuated a portion of the Westin hotel in downtown Nashville on Wednesday morning and transported several people to the hospital after authorities detected a carbon monoxide leak in the building.

The Nashville Fire Department and Metro police responded about 6:50 a.m. at 807 Clark Place, a Metro Nashville dispatcher said.

According to fire officials, the leak sickened 14 people, and crews transported six victims to the hospital.

A Westin employee who answered the phone Wednesday morning said the hotel was not completely evacuated.…

October 8, 2018

NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS DISCOVER LEGIONELLA BACTERIA IN DRINKING WATER SYSTEM

Source: https://www.wqpmag.com, October 8, 2018

The bacteria was discovered following two cases of Legionnaires’ disease

Legionella discovered in New Jersey drinking water

Legionella discovered in New Jersey drinking water

Nine schools and one hotel in West Orange, N.J., discovered legionella bacteria following two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease. The schools and hotel are flushing pipes and the hotel has replaced shower heads. The bacteria has been found in drinking water at all but three West Orange Public Schools, as reported by NJ Advance Media.

According to West Orange Public Schools, legionella was found in samples taken from Gregory Elementary School, Hazel Elementary School, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, Redwood Elementary School, St. Cloud Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, Edison Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, West Orange High School and the administrative building.

“The region sees seasonal increases in the summer months generally,” said Nicole Kirgan, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health. “This year seems particularly active, given that we have experienced very wet and humid weather these past few months.”

While there have been no confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease at West Orange Public Schools, there were two cases at the Ramada Plaza hotel near the Newark Airport. The hotel has taken steps to disinfect their water system and replace shower heads, following the discovery.

According to ABC News, the schools district has begun the process of pumping chlorine into the schools hot water heaters to flush the system. Following the flush, new water samples will be taken seven to ten days later to ensure the bacteria is gone.

October 5, 2018

Dayton suing firefighting foam makers after water safety worries

Source: Dayton Daily News, October 4, 2018
Posted on: http://www.advisen.com

The city of Dayton will sue the makers of firefighting foam in the wake of chemicals found in the water systems here and in other cities around the country.

City officials announced the lawsuit today in an afternoon press conference.

“It is our duty to protect the public health, safety and welfare and environment of our residents and the surrounding region,” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said.

The defendants named in the suit are 3M Company, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co., Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, Chemguard Inc., Tyco Fire Products L.P., and National Foam Inc.

About 1,500 drinking water systems across the country serving roughly 110 million Americans may be contaminated by PFAS, formally known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, according to a recent analysis by the Environmental Working Group. About 400,000 people in the area get their drinking water from Dayton wells either through the city’s distribution system or one operated by Montgomery County.…

September 5, 2018

Methane Explosion Injures 10, Collapses Roof at Chicago Area Water Reclamation Plant

Source: https://www.enr.com, August 30, 2018
By: Jeff Yoders

UPDATE: Worker’s torch set off methane explosion

The roof of the sludge concentration building at Chicago’s Calumet Water Reclamation Plant collapsed after an explosion Aug. 30 around 11 a.m. Ten people were hurt and successfully evacuated to area hospitals for treatment by the Chicago Fire Dept. The plant is located in south suburban Riverside and is the oldest of the seven Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago wastewater treatment facilities. It opened in 1922 and provides wastewater treatment to approximately 1 million homes and businesses in southern Cook County.

According to a statement from the city/county agency, two people were trapped and were extricated from the building by Chicago Fire Department emergency crews and transported to local hospitals along with the other eight injured personnel. Firefighters to had to tunnel more than 40 ft through the rubble to extract one of the trapped, injured workers; that rescue took nearly two hours.…

July 30, 2018

S.F. Shipyard homeowners sue developer

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 2018
Posted on: http://www.advisen.com

The developer of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, already beleaguered by a cleanup scandal and slumping condominium sales, now has another problem to worry about: lawsuits by homeowners.

On Tuesday, attorneys for two families who bought homes in the Bayview district development in 2015 and 2016 filed lawsuits against both the developer and the environmental engineering firm accused of botching the cleanup of the Superfund site, which was home to the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory from 1946 to 1969.

In the lawsuits, the homeowners, Theo Ellington and his wife Victoria Trusty, and Linda Parker Pennington and husband Greg Pennington, claim that developer FivePoint and property owner Lennar failed to disclose to prospective residents the extent of contamination of the property. They also claim the developer didn’t inform home buyers about allegations that Tetra Tech, the environmental engineering company that was paid more than $250 million for the cleanup, had faked soil samples in order to pass off parts of the shipyard as being less contaminated than they were.

The lawsuits state that the “defendants are all responsible for the loss of value in plaintiffs’ homes due to the continuing toxic nature of the Superfund and former nuclear testing site upon and near plaintiffs’ homes, and the ensuing health and other issues that waste has caused, is causing, and will continue to cause until it is remediated.”…

July 27, 2018

Toxins found in Upper Dublin drinking water; EPA holds forum to address concerns

Source: https://6abc.com, July 26, 2018
By: Vernon Odum

The tap water in Upper Dublin Township is widely believed by local residents to be dangerously contaminated by firefighting agents from military bases in this area of Montgomery County.

The acronym for the contaminating chemical in question is PFAS, which stands for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances.

According to the EPA’s website, the chemicals in PFAS are “very persistent in the environment and in the human body,” meaning they accumulate and stay in the body for a long period of time.

“This a Frankenstein’s monster kind of chemical,” said Upper Dublin Resident Mark Cuker. “It doesn’t break down when you drink it. It stays in your body and causes adverse health effects.”…

July 19, 2018

Towers Residence Suites to remain closed as WSU clears Legionella from campus

Source: https://www.wxyz.com, July 16, 2018

Wayne State University officials say they are working to eliminate the Legionella bacteria that has been found in a number of buildings on campus.

However, they say that while much of the contamination has been remediated, work still needs to be done on several facilities, including the Towers Residence Suites and the Student Center.

Officials say it will take several more weeks before they rooftop cooling towers on the Towers Residence Suites can be replaced, and the building will remain unoccupied during that time.

The Student Center will remain open. However, the air conditioning will remain off during the repairs, which are expected to take several days.…

July 19, 2018

‘Toxic mold’ forces military families out of Keesler housing, lawsuit says

Source: https://www.sunherald.com, July 17, 2018
By: Anita Lee

Eleven military families are suing the companies that own and manage Keesler Air Force Base housing over “toxic mold” that continued to grow in their homes after the companies responded to complaints with inadequate remedies, including cleanup with soap and water, the lawsuits say.

Five of the families reported still living in the homes in West Falcon, Thrower Park and Bayridge subdivisions in Biloxi when the Rushing & Guice law firm filed the lawsuits in December 2017. Six other families say the mold drove them from their homes in West Falcon and Bayridge.

The three subdivisions were part of the largest housing construction project in Air Force history, with $287 million spent on more than 1,000 homes built after Hurricane Katrina. An article in the Sun Herald said keys were handed over in March 2010 to the last of the homes built by El Paso-based Hunt Building Construction.

Complaints about mold started as early as 2015, the lawsuits indicate…

July 16, 2018

Legionnaire’s Cases Reported in Washington Heights

Source: https://cooperator.com, July 16, 2018
By: David Chiu

Cooling Towers Have Been Linked to the Disease

The New York City Department of Health announced last week that it is investigating several cases of Legionnaire’s disease in the lower Washington Heights section of Manhattan. As of July 15, there were 16 people diagnosed with the condition in recent days, CBS2 News reported. The age range of those affected ranged from 40 to 80 years old.

“The Health Department has identified a cluster of Legionnaires disease in the Lower Washington Heights area,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a press statement. “While most people exposed to Legionella don’t get sick, individuals ages 50 and above, especially those who smoke and have chronic lung conditions, are at a higher risk. This disease is very treatable with antibiotics. I encourage anyone with symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease to seek care early.”

Legionnaire’s is a form of pneumonia, said the department, caused by the bacteria that grow in warm water. People become ill after breathing in water vapor that has the bacteria. It is not contagious and does not transmit from person to person.