Conditions and Diseases

February 19, 2013

Toxic pollution leads to hefty fine in CA

Read here about a $1.6 million settlement that has been reached with multiple companies as a result of toxic pollution.


June 16, 2011

Tannery Sludge Causes Tumors, Lawsuit Says

Read here about a Missouri lawsuit that claims tannery sludge causes tumors.…

March 9, 2011

Increased Cancer Rate Linked to Textile Site

Read here about how a cluster of cancer cases in Massachusetts has been linked to a former textile site where kids used to play.…

September 3, 2010

Mold Found at Nursing Home

Acknowledgement to Great American

City inspectors received notice of possible building violations at a nursing home facility. Inspection of the facility found the building’s roof and interior were in violation of city codes. The violations were serious in nature including signs of water damage on ceilings, light fixtures, and electrical switches. Additionally, several employees reported a mold/mildew odor. A further investigation discovered black mold within ceiling tiles, under layers of peeling paint, and in areas of noticeable water leakage. Residents of the facility were showing symptoms of rashes, headaches, asthma, and difficulty breathing. The facility had to be temporarily shut down and the residents relocated before clean-up of the extensive mold could begin. Families of several of the residents filed suits for bodily injury against the facility.…

September 1, 2010

Norovirus Cleaning Begins at Dulles Hotel

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

By David Brown and Maria Glod
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Hilton Washington Dulles Airport hotel closed yesterday for the weekend so crews could scrub and sanitize every surface after about 120 employees and guests were sickened by the highly contagious norovirus, which officials say is particularly severe this year.

As the last guests filtered out early in the afternoon, workers from a professional cleaning company prepared to scrub every nightstand and counter twice with a chlorine bleach solution. The crew will also clean carpets and drapes and mist each room with a disinfectant.…

September 1, 2010

Legionnaire’s disease at Miami Hotel Sickens 300, Kills 1

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

The Associated Press
Published: Monday, December 14, 2009 at 9:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 14, 2009 at 2:48 p.m.

MIAMI – About 300 guests have been relocated from a luxury Miami hotel after one guest died and at least two others became sick since October from Legionnaire’s disease.

Health officials say the guests at the EPIC Hotel were sent to nearby hotels Sunday to prevent further contact with the waterborne bacterial disease.

People can become infected by breathing in mist or vapor contaminated with the bacteria. It cannot spread from person to person, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An investigation revealed that the hotel had installed a water filter powerful enough to remove chlorine from its city-supplied water, which encouraged bacterial growth.

County health officials have not specified yet when the man died or released any information about him.…

September 1, 2010

Four Guests Diagnosed: Legionnaires’ Disease Reported

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

Oct. 18, 2008
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bacterium found at Polo Towers


The Southern Nevada Health District issued a warning to past and present guests of Polo Towers on Friday that a bacterium common in warm water that causes Legionnaires’ disease was discovered in the resort’s water system.

The health district, along with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, took water samples at the resort recently after four guests were diagnosed with the disease. Two of the guests were diagnosed in August and September, and two others in 2007, health officials said.…

September 1, 2010

Waterborne Illness Costs $539M Per Year

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

The hospitalization cost of three U.S. waterborne diseases comes to more than $500 million annually, federal health officials say.

Study authors Michael Beach of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says healthcare costs for three common waterborne diseases — Legionnaires’ disease, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis — amount to $539 million annually.

Using data from a large insurance claims database from 2004 to 2007, Beach and colleagues estimated the hospitalization cost of the waterborne diseases. For each disease, they calculated the cost paid by the insurer, the out-of-pocket cost to the patient and the total amount paid.…

August 31, 2010

Hilton Hawaii to Pay Damages Over Hotel Mold

Acknowledgement to Ironshore Environmental

A Hawaii judge approved a $1.8 million class action settlement, which would provide compensation to Hilton Hawaiian Village guests who were exposed to toxic mold in Kalia Tower Guest Rooms in June and July of 2002.

According to the class action toxic mold claim, the hotel was aware of the mold’s presence but failed to adequately disclose this information to guests. Guests who were exposed to this toxic mold can now begin to obtain compensation via the recently approved settlement agreement.…

July 27, 2010

Lawsuit Claims Tannery Waste Caused Tumors

A lawsuit accuses a tannery of contaminating farmland with a chemical that caused brain-tumors in residents of a Missouri town.  The tannery is alleged to have used hexavalent chromium to remove hair from hides, and then providing the resulting waste product to area farmers to use as fertilizer. The lawsuit claims thousands of tons of sludge containing the chemical was applied on farm ground in nearby counties so the tannery could avoid paying for disposing of it in a landfill.…