Source: https://www.enr.com, August 30, 2018
By: Jeff Yoders
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.…
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 2018
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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.”…
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.”…
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.…
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…
Source: https://cooperator.com, July 16, 2018
By: David Chiu
Source: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com, June 28, 2018
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was peppered with questions by lawmakers over the department’s handling of lead paint and mold in public housing, leading to a heated exchange over how to pay for fixing the issue.
At a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing Wednesday, Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., quizzed Carson on the Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 funding request, which called for zeroing out the department’s public housing capital fund, a source used for repairs to public housing.
She raised the case of the New York City Housing Authority, which on June 11 entered into a $1.2 billion consent decree with the Justice Department over numerous living conditions issues, including for failing to meet federal lead safety requirements and to properly conduct inspections of housing facilities.
The agreement requires the appointment of a federal monitor for five years to oversee remediation and capital repairs, which Velazquez said didn’t square with the administration’s funding request.
“How were you expecting NYCHA to meet these terms and these upgrades when you requested zero dollars for the Public Housing Capital Fund for FY 2019?” Velazquez asked. “It is great that you are exercising proper oversight, but money talks.”…
Source: Orange County Register (CA), June 14, 2018
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Legionella bacteria was discovered Wednesday, June 13 at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, a facility at the center of a federal whistleblower complaint from a group of worried physicians and nurses.
Hospital officials learned of the Legionella through quarterly water safety testing, according to Wade J. Habshey, spokesman for the Pettis Medical Center.
“This does not mean there is a Legionella outbreak,” he said in a statement. “The facility has a zero-tolerance policy for Legionella.”
Mitigation efforts are underway and out-of-service signs have been placed in front of affected rooms and drinking fountains as a safety precaution.
“Service chiefs are notifying staff members as appropriate” regarding the remediation, Habshey said.
Information was not immediately available regarding how long it will take to remove the Legionella or whether patients have been transferred to other rooms during mitigation efforts.…
Source: http://komonews.com, May 23, 2018
A case of suspected Legionnaires’ disease has been found at the University of Washington Medical Center — the third time in as many years that the disease has been suspected at the facility.
UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance report a suspected case of Legionella pneumonia involving a patient in a SCCA Hospital at the UW Medical Center.
Officials said the patient “has been diagnosed with a highly probable healthcare associated Legionella pneumonia.”
The patient is in satisfactory condition and is responding well to treatment, officials said.
“We believe this is an isolated case, and Legionella bacteria are rarely, if ever, transmitted from person to person,” UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance said.…