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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.

Lockport state police headquarters temporarily closes for asbestos removal
Illinois State Police District 5 headquarters in Lockport will be temporarily closed as asbestos is removed from the building.

Poisoned by their homes: how the US is failing children exposed to lead
Hundreds of thousands of children in the US remain at risk of exposure to lead.

How to fight off mold in your home during humid summer months
All the rain and the humidity means an increased chance for mold growing in your home.

Is Your House Making You Sick?
Do you have a sick house? Lead paint, pesticides, and pollution can contribute to sick house syndrome.

These home improvements can help shave money off your utility bills
If you want to bring your home utility costs down, you may want to double-check your energy efficiency.

Children and Asbestos: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Responsible for thousands of deaths around the world, this issue doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

7 Signs Your Kid Has Indoor Allergies
Spring is in the air, which means, at least in my family, listening to a chorus of sniffling, sneezing, and coughing.

Mold, moisture and your home
Molds are part of the natural environment.

Is your home’s indoor air quality as good as it can be?
It’s winter and that means most of us have our homes closed up tight to keep out the cold.

What to Know About the Dangers of Radon Gas in Your Home
You can’t touch it, see it, or smell it but radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer

You’ve tackled the more obvious sources of airborne pollutants in your home.

Radon Testing
Inspect, Detect, and Correct

The Dangers of Mold
According to the CDC

Radon remains a hazard in Genesee County
Where does radon come from?

EPA is now allowing asbestos back into manufacturing
Fast Company recently reported on the potential comeback of one of the most infamous building materials of recent memory.

3 Home Improvement Issues You Should Never Ignore
Recognizing the symptoms of damage and routinely checking your home for these signs will help you avoid serious problems.

5 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Lead
There is no safe blood lead level in children, and health effects from lead exposure have been seen in adults even at low levels. So the best way to reduce your risk is to limit your exposure to lead.

How to Treat and Prevent Ice Dams
An Ice Dam is a hump of ice that forms at the edge of a roof under certain wintertime conditions. An ice dam can damage both your roof and the inside of your home.

January is Radon Action Month - Easy Safety Tips
January is Radon Action Month. Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your family.

Milwaukee's lead issue: How did we get here?
The City of Milwaukee has roughly 70,000 homes with lead laterals

DEC says study shows no toxins migrated off of Wheatfield landfill, neighbors disagree
Contamination from a Wheatfield landfill that housed waste from Love Canal isn't affecting neighboring properties

Spring cleaning: Plan ahead to make your family healthier
Like everyone else in the tri-state area, your house has probably been shut up all winter

January is good time to test your home for radon
Americans are encouraged to test their homes for radon

Cold weather, heating season trigger asthma misery

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects almost 26 million Americans, including 7.1 million children.

Claire's recalls makeup after Rhode Island mother discovers cancer-causing asbestos in her daughter's lip gloss
Claire's is recalling makeup products over fears that they contain cancer-causing asbestos. 

WNYers urged to get screened for lung cancer
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the push is on to help save lives.

Cleanup From California Fires Poses Environmental and Health Risks
Dr. Karen Relucio has heard reports of people digging into the ashes of their burned homes in recent days without gloves

Rust Belt cleanup gives inside view of Buffalo's revival

Anthony Demiglio knows the ins and outs of the region's major construction projects like few other people. After all, he makes sure they're cleaned up first.


Radioactive ‘hotspot’ work halted in Falls and Lewiston
Federally funded work to remove radioactive gravel from numerous hotspots in Niagara County has run out of money and come to a halt.

Asbestos in Your Area
Asbestos is a problem in every state, whether from its heavy use in various industries or from natural deposits.

Homeowner discovers a new health hazard—old drywall compound
An Amherst mother of three learned a hard lesson during a home repair project, when asbestos was discovered

Schools prevent mold over summer break
Midstate school districts have plans in place to avoid mold growth in their buildings during the summer break.

Protect Your Home From an Invisible—and Fatal—Danger: Radon
Roughly 57 lung cancer deaths per day are caused by a radioactive, invisible, odorless and tasteless gas lurking in millions of American homes.

Abatement of apartment buildings called for in lead paint settlement
Two Buffalo apartment buildings will undergo extensive renovation to resolve lead paint hazards

Former professional football player pleads guilty in asbestos case
Sean P. Doctor went from professional football to fighting fires to owning his own asbestos removal company.

New trail in Tonawanda's Lincoln Park designed to solve drainage problem

Even before the recent heavy rains caused flooding in Western New York, Lincoln Park in the Town of Tonawanda had problems with standing water

New Allegheny County Program Offers Lead Paint Remediation For Renters And Homeowners
Allegheny County kicked off its Lead Safe Homes Program last week, which helps residents identify and remove lead-based paint hazards in their homes.

Asbestos Disposal: Is Recycling Asbestos an Option?
Asbestos is a dangerous toxin that needs to be handled with the utmost care.

Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds
People are still dying of cancer linked to asbestos, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says, despite decades of regulations meant to limit dangerous exposure.

When Insurance Will (and Won't) Cover Water Damage
Too much water in your home, especially in the wrong place, usually leads to a soggy, miserable cleanup.

EPA Investigating The Home Depot Over Compliance with Lead-Paint Rule
(EPA) is investigating home improvement store The Home Depot over compliance with agency rules governing work on sites where lead paint is present

Thaw causing some basement flooding in Kimberley
The melt is underway, and a few problems are popping up.

Tenant claims two months without heat due to improper asbestos removal
What should have been a pretty simple job at a home on Lakeview Avenue in Buffalo turned into a much bigger one, and a nightmare for the home’s tenant.

Following Brutal Wind Storm, Lockport Residents Deal With 2+ Feet Of Snow
Mother Nature doesn't seem to want to give Lockport a break.

Mildew problems ongoing at detention center
Pitt County Detention Center officials plan to bring in the county's health inspector next week to figure out what more can be done to combat a mildew problem that detainees say is causing them respiratory issues and sinus problems.

Oklahoma City mom warns of lead based paint after daughter gets sick
A potential poison could be hiding in your home.

How Indoor Air Quality Can Impact Your Heart Health
People don’t usually think that indoor air quality would affect heart health.

Asbestos forced couple out of apartment for two years: suit
An Upper East Side couple has had to live apart for two years after creeping toxic dust from a neighbor’s gut renovation forced them out of their $2 million apartment, a lawsuit claims.

Radon in Lehigh Valley: What to do about 'insidious problem'
It's the second leading cause of lung cancer and most people don't know what it is.

Paul Bianchina: Proper fan is essential for a moisture-free bathroom
Is your bathroom suffering from steaming mirrors? Maybe a bit of mildew in the corners? And of course, those unpleasant odors!

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

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

Asbestos: The silent killer that could be lurking inside your home
Asbestos still kills around 5,000 people a year – more than the number of people killed on the roads.

Tougher N.J. law targets kids' lead paint threat

Christie signs law lowering amount of toxic metal allowed in kids' blood before a homeowner must take action.

Charity promise after asbestos poisoning takes life of much-loved grandfather

A dying grandad who won a court battle to be compensated for asbestos poisoning has died. David William Mahoney passed away peacefully in St Helena Hospice last month aged 56.

With Thousands Of Artifacts Threatened, Mark Twain House Begins Mold Removal Project
Historian and filmmaker Ken Burns once described the artifact collection of The Mark Twain House & Museum as a "treasure trove of unbelievable holdings on the life, work and history of Mark Twain.

Tips for radon awareness
January is National Radon Action Month, which aims to increase public awareness of radon, promote radon testing and mitigation and advance the use of radon-resistant new construction practices.

Tackling lead poison in Western New York
There are pockets in the City of Buffalo where lead paint poisoning is a major issue among children.

Tips on finishing, insulating basement floors
Q. We plan to finish our family room in the basement. What is the best type of flooring to use there?

How to deal with the snow and prepare for the thaw, from roof to basement
Before the snow melts, you'll need a plan to protect your property from damage.

3 things parents should know about lead
Lead poisoning is a hot topic in light of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., but parents need to be mindful of more than just their water supply.

EPA Designates January as National Radon Action Month
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month.

$4M asbestos removal underway at old federal courthouse
Asbestos removal from the former James F. Battin Federal Courthouse in downtown Billings has begun, signaling a fresh start for the prominent five-story structure that has sat empty for several years.

Slipping Through the Cracks-Is There Radon in Your Building?
The due diligence process of a real estate transaction contains many elements, with those of environmental concern sometimes being the most important.…

New home headaches: Plumbing, mold issues force Longmont family out
This weekend, the Lilly family will be moving into their brand-new Longmont home for the second time this year.

Middle school to remove asbestos
New London Intermediate/Middle School will undergo a $14,000 asbestos removal project in its boiler room next summer.

Safety For You: Tracking down radon
When the weather changes and the cold winds blow we find ourselves closing up our homes from the outside.

Breathe in Clean Air at Home at Lesser Costs with Professional Duct Cleaning Services from Air Purification Technologies
Take a deep breath and relax, but do not fail to ponder over how clean the air is inside the home.

Asbestos: Still a global menace
As a 7-year-old child in suburban Sydney, Australia, Serafina Salucci recalls playing with white wall sheeting material leftover from her dad’s renovation of the family’s garage.

Mold runs rampant in colleges across the country
n the past several weeks, students have complained of mold in dorms and apartments. But we are not the only campus to experience the problem

Editorial: The preventable tragedy of lead poisoning calls for a comprehensive response
The fight against lead contamination is continuing in Erie County and, as recent tests have shown, there is a need for attention.

Demolition of Carriage Shops in Amherst begins, paving way for large new project
AMHERST — A significant project that will bring up to 140 new residents — and possibly high-paying jobs

$18 million Niagara-Wheatfield capital project proposal faces Tuesday vote
An $18 million capital project that would fund repair and renovation work at every building in the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District is on the ballot Tuesday.

Mike Holmes: Catch that silent killer before it gets into your house
November is National Radon Action Month and every year my son, Mike Jr., and I get involved to help spread the word about radon.

Is Asbestos Hiding in Your House? How to Tell—and What to Do
Asbestos is a scary and extremely dangerous material that’s been linked to all kinds of health horrors, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

Bethlehem Steel fire: 6 city blocks burn near Buffalo, plume could reach Orchard Park
Smoke billows from the site ofa massive blaze at the former Bethlehem Steel Mill in Lackawanna, N.Y., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

Buffalo tightens lead paint rules for rental property
Buffalo is pushing hard against bad landlords and bad property managers in the fight against lead poisoning, especially lead poisoning in children.

Millions of older homes still have lead paint on the walls. Make sure yours is safe.
Although lead-based paint is off the market, millions of homes still have it on the walls.

Asbestos Removal Professionals in Perth: “Be Extremely Careful with Asbestos after Natural Disasters.”
Professionals offering skip bins for asbestos removal in Perth suburbs provide blueprint for asbestos disposal safety after natural disasters.

Where lead dust regulations fail us: demolitions
If you remodel, repaint or repair your house, federal regulators say you must control the spread of lead dust.

There are about 90 University of Maryland buildings with asbestos
About 90 buildings on the University of Maryland's campus contain asbestos, and five of those are so hazardous parts of those buildings are restricted to the public.

Real estate expert talks about buying and selling flooded properties
One month after the flood, the number of homes for sale is growing. Local real estate agents report new listings are popping up every day.

Crews Begin Assessing Flood Damage in Cumberland Co.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY -- As the threat of additional flooding diminishes, emergency crews in Cumberland County are transitioning from a response to a recovery mode.

PDC to tack on another $1M to demolish even more of Centennial Mills
The more demolition crews have shined new light on the long-hidden innards of Centennial Mills, the more surprises they've revealed.

Commission Agrees To Allow Demolition Of Two Historic Homes
No one could be found to move this circa 1800 home on Barcliff Avenue, so while some elements of the building will be salvaged, the building itself will be torn down.

Clement Hall asbestos not problem, officials say
With the fall semester now fully underway, many students have taken notice of the red tape and warning signs that can be seen in and around Clement Hall.

Sick Building Syndrome: What It Is and Tips for Prevention
"Sick building syndrome" is the name given to a collection of illnesses and symptoms that afflict multiple occupants of particular buildings.

Mold Removal Continues Inside Hillsborough High School
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Work to remove mold inside Hillsborough High School continues.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and radon gas: What you need to know
For Childhood Cancer Awareness month, SWAT Environmental, a leading radon mitigation service provider, has compiled key facts and advice about radon risks for concerned families.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Asbestos Stirs Concern Over Construction Plans
Removal of the cancer-causing material wasn’t included in initial plans for the school system’s revitalization

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Surprising Truth about Mold
It's dangerous—but not in the way you think

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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