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No cases found in Tompkins County, one person in isolation

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.

Radon Testing: How To Stay Safe From Radon Gas
Testing for radon is an important part of home safety and is key to avoiding the risks that come with exposure.

Humid Weather Brings Threat of Mold in Homes
Cold air through our home’s ducts combined with warm humid air on the outside, creates condensation and moisture that can lead to mold.

Why Test For Radon Before Moving Into Your New Home?
Radon testing is a cost-effective measure to protect your family’s well-being before you move into a new home. It reduces the chance of radiation exposure.

How to Get the Most From Your Dehumidifier
Telltale signs of too-humid air include musty odors, clammy conditions, condensation on windows, and damp spots on the walls or ceiling.

What Home Buyers Need to Know About Radon
Learn all about radon gas, how to have a property inspected for it, and what can be done to remove radon gas so it will be safe for your family.

These bad, nasty things are likely hiding in your carpet
There's something in your home full of bacteria, allergens and junk. And no, it's not your toilet.

Help prevent mold in the workplace
Are you worried your workplace might have mold? You’re not alone.

Risk for Mesothelioma Does Not Decline After Asbestos Exposure Stops
A new report contains some disappointing news for former asbestos workers

Last-Minute Improvement Projects to Drive Value Before Spring Selling Season
Spring is almost always the best season in which to sell a home.

How builders can keep radon from entering a home
As the world has changed, so, too, have home buyers.

As wildfires devour communities, toxic threats emerge
As an uncontrollable wildfire turned the California town of Paradise to ash, air pollution researcher Keith Bein knew he had to act fast

Winter forecast prolongs the pain of troublesome ice dams
As winter continues to take its toll on homes and buildings

Bringing Attention To Indoor Air Pollution
A panel at the latest American Association for the Advancement of Science conference held

4 Tips to Make Your Home Renovation Project Less Stressful?
We all aspire to one day have our dream homes

Lead Paint Found In Nassau Preschool
Lead paint found at the entrance of a preschool has led to the closure of the entrance and letters being sent to parents.

What to look for in a home inspection
Recognizing the deal breakers

Radon - A Silent Killer
A silent killer

Ithaca woman wraps houses in plastic, fears asbestos from former library
A woman in Ithaca has sealed up the homes she rents with plastic in fear of she says are chemicals coming from across the street.

BREATHE EASY: HEALTHIER INDOOR AIR IN COLD WEATHER, PART 1
In much of the country, winter means you can’t let fresh air into your house

Radon and Cancer
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas

How to Stay Safe from Asbestos After a Fire
Smoke and toxic gases from house fires kill more people than flames do

Old Library demolition to start Monday, despite continued asbestos concerns
The demolition of the former Tompkins County Library building at the corner of Cayuga and Court

Hundreds sign letter opposing demolition of Old Library without asbestos removal first
More than 200 people have signed on to a letter

OUR VIEW: We must keep focus on lead-free community
A $1 million grant awarded to the Utica Municipal Housing Authority

Is it Summer Allergens or Indoor Air Quality Issues Causing Allergy Symptoms?
Many allergy sufferers in the United States and Canada associate allergies with the spring season

Silent Killers: Managing Transactions With Hazardous Home Conditions
Mold. Radon. Lead.

Learn from Experts: IAEA Launches Online Seminars on Radon
The IAEA is launching a new series of online seminars for professionals and others interested

Innovation isn’t always better: The impact of low-VOC mastics on mold growth and corrosion in ductwork
Those involved in the development of most sustainable green buildings typically use innovative products

Snickers Ad Spoofs Asbestos in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
The back cover of the recently published 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue 

Mix of concerns at Hakes landfill hearing
Approximately 100 local residents and a handful of officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Casella

Pillsbury Plant Owner Sentenced for Asbestos Violations
Federal judge Sue Myerscough sentenced a part owner of the shuttered Pillsbury Mills complex in Springfield, Illinois

Banned 40 years ago, lead paint is still poisoning our children
THE HEALTH HAZARDS of lead have been known since at least the time of the Greek physician Dioscorides (200 BCE).

Is your indoor air quality hazardous to your health?
We all know that outdoor air pollution can be hazardous to our health

The Life and Death Fight Against Asbestos on the Job

An excerpt from a new book on the history of BC’s building trades highlights the 1970s struggle against a deadly mineral.


House of the Week: Skaneateles home brought 'back to life'
Realtor Michael Williams said he had a "good feeling" about the house

Water damage forces change in plans
Keuka College officials are relocating arts and ASL classes, and the Office of Human Resources after a Jan. 1

Recent freeze-thaw cycle can leave homeowners with water headaches
Even for Maine, the weather has been irregular over the past several weeks

Radon gas leading cause of lung cancer
Odorless and colorless, radon is often referred to as a silent killer

Don't Put a Freeze on Home Maintenance! Your Handy Winter Checklist Is Here
The time of new beginnings, new resolutions, and, in most of the country, a seemingly endless stretch of cold and gloom.

This Hidden Environmental Toxin Could Be The Root Of Your Brain Fog
I'm a functional medicine doctor who specializes in diagnosing mold and environmental toxicity.

Lead poisoning in children under 6 jumped 28% in Detroit in 2016
Lead poisoning in Detroit’s children had been declining year-over-year for more than a decade, but jumped nearly 28%

Lead poisoning lurks in scores of New York neighborhoods
In some areas of New York City, children tested high for lead at double the rate in Flint

Radon poster contest closes Oct. 31
Nevada students are invited to showcase their artistic talents and promote radon awareness by entering the 2018 Nevada Radon Poster Contest

East Pennsboro schools address mold problems again
The East Pennsboro Area School District is dealing with air quality concerns again.

Improve Your Home’s Health with Professional Mold Remediation
Your home is one of the most important investments you will ever make in life.

Radon: The invisible toxin connected to an Austin homeowner's cancer diagnosis
Dealing with cancer is something unexpected that can dramatically change someone's life.

Radon exposure found to increase risk of deadly skin cancer along with lung cancer
When we think of lung cancer, cigarettes are likely the first cause that comes to mind.

Angie's List Report: Managing Flood Damage
We install smoke detectors and buy fire extinguishers to prepare for a possible house fire.

High Levels Of Radon Found In Pennsylvania Water Wells
Cancer-causing radon has been found in some Pennsylvania water wells, adding slightly to the much bigger threat faced by homeowners from airborne sources of the radioactive gas.

Air Quality Awareness Week
Learn how air quality affects your health during Air Quality Awareness Week, Monday, May 1 - Friday, May 5, 2017.

Property owners blame homebuilder for mold troubles
Galveston County property owners are suing a Houston homebuilder, citing alleged breach of express and implied warranties.

Exposure to Elevated Levels of Indoor Mold Can Act as an Allergen, Irritant and Asthma Trigger
While mold is a natural part of the environment and it is inhaled on a daily basis, exposure to elevated levels of mold in the air of people’s homes

Demolition begins on Parramatta pool
For 50-odd years, Parramatta Memorial Pool echoed to the melodic sound of kids having fun but now the melody has gone

Some California children exposed to higher lead levels than those in Flint
In one Fresno community, about 14 percent of children tested for lead levels higher than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s threshold of five micrograms per deciliter of blood.

Asbestos turns dream home to nightmare
It was supposed to be a dream finally realized when Richard and Susan Gibson bought property at North Ridge Estates

State says Cortland County has the highest radon gas levels in the U.S.
New York State recently listed the counties in New York State that have the highest levels of radon gas.

Audit: Costs, hazards plague Detroit demo program
Rising administrative costs for demolitions, accumulation of debris at sites and “a clear and present danger”

STORM AFTERMATH: Greek Peak is digging the new snow
While many are complaining about a late winter snowfall, those at Greek Peak Mountain Resort view their 30 total inches of snow from a winter storm as a godsend.

How to Allergy-Proof Your Home for the Spring
Spring is upon us, and with an early spring comes the pollen that triggers sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes.

Madison County jury returns defense verdict in asbestos trial; Hart: ‘You are speaking to our community with your verdict’
A Madison County jury returned a verdict in favor of defendant Hennessy Industries Inc. on Tuesday in a Michigan couple’s asbestos lawsuit.

Anne Sadler: What you don’t know can hurt you
Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless radioactive gas that comes from uranium in the soil.

DOH: City given mall’s health complaints
On April 27, 2016, David Gringer filed a complaint with the Genesee County Health Department.

Parents in Oakland’s Fruitvale area confront lead-paint plague
Maria de Los Angeles Prieto started noticing the changes in her son, Alfredo, in 2011, when he was 7 years old.

Lack of asbestos regulations puts Georgia citizens at risk
The 11Alive Investigators uncovered the state agency responsible for regulating asbestos doesn’t regularly ensure licensed inspectors are used to remove the cancer causing material.

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

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


Dansville Asbestos Contained
The asbestos contamination running into the Wastewater Treatment Plant will not harm any residents.

6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Home
Animal dander, dust mites, mold, pollen—it’s all right there in the air, not to mention your bath towels, bedding, and furniture.

Know your home's risk for radon gas
One out of every 15 homes in this nation has a high level of radon.

Expert discusses environmental medicine and need for health strategies to tackle indoor air pollution
"Besides the contaminants we find outside, we also have indoor contaminants.

Radon levels can increase during the winter
January is Radon Action Month and a good reminder to get your home tested for the dangerous gas.

Asbestos Found in the Gallbladders of Pleural Mesothelioma Patients
There is new evidence that asbestos fibers can make their way into the gallbladders of patients with the lung-related cancer malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Commissioner of Health Urges New Yorkers to Test Homes for Radon
In recognition of National Radon Action Month, which is in January, New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker today reminded all New Yorkers to test their homes for radon, an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that can ultimately be fatal.

HEALTH MATTERS: Breathe easier by improving indoor air quality
Where we live, work and play affects our health. Some people spend nearly all of their time indoors.

Ask the Drs.: Living in older home? Check for lead paint
We live in a charming older home, but some of the paint looks old. How worried should I be that it might contain lead?

Lead Paint and Other Hazards Cleaning Up Your Indoor Environment
In New York, with its countless multifamily buildings, there are certain dangers that have nothing to do with crime rates, economics, or the latest exotic imported disease.

Could Your Home Have Hazardous Mold
It has been eight weeks since Hurricane Matthew plowed through more than 100 miles of Florida coastline.

EPA Confirms Priority Action For Deadly Asbestos, Protecting Against Derailment From Trump Administration
Asbestos has been killing unwitting Americans for more than a century, but today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a historic step toward ending this tragic trend.

Pinellas fire crews to evacuate firehouse because of mold
East Lake Fire Station 57 could be the envy of other departments, except for one glaring problem. Mold is growing on the ductwork, lurking above the crew’s bedrooms.

Prepare house now for winter or pay for it later
It’s time to button up your overcoat and "batten down the hatches," so to speak, at home.

Something in the air
Think of the term “air quality,” and chances are images of smoggy Southern California vistas enter your head.

Inside Michigan’s push to eliminate child lead poisoning
Since the lead crisis in Flint, lead poisoning continues to be a top concern of parents across the state.

New Yorkers Learn about Mold Contamination and Ways to Prevent It
In almost any home or building that has suffered water damage or elevated humidity levels, mold contamination can occur that can directly impact the indoor air quality (IAQ).

Bringing down the house
A residential demolition project doesn't begin when the excavator's bucket crashes through the corner of a home.

Ask Angie’s List: What’s the potential cost of a plumbing leak?
The plumbing in your home — under the kitchen sink, behind the shower or running alongside the bathtub — is part of an efficient, simple system.

Exploring the EPA’s New Power to Ban Asbestos
It’s been more than four months since President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Act into action, amending parts of the Toxic Substances Control Act and requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate chemicals with a new eye toward safety.

Home: Mold Inspection and Removal
Despite mold leading to the groundbreaking discovery of lifesaving antibiotics, it can be an unhealthy nuisance when it encroaches the home.

What Fall Means for My Emergency Restoration Company
Successfully running one of the largest disaster restoration and cleaning companies in Chicago requires paying attention to how simple things such as a change of season can affect business.

Comment Share Budget-friendly ideas to save on home-heating costs
As cooler temperatures begin to sweep the nation, homeowners are turning on their heat for the first time in months. With every degree increase on the thermostat, utility bills follow suit.

Experts urge homeowners to test wells
Al­most half of the residents of New Hampshire rely on private wells - about 520,000 people.

Warm weather, rain make ragweed, mold allergies tougher
The fall season is synonymous with Frankenstein and
flu. But there's another foe to be wary of — allergies.

Lead Screenings, Water Testing Help Protect Children
Children who are exposed to the toxin lead can have serious, long lasting health problems.

Asbestos removal to begin at old New York factory
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to stop the potential spread of asbestos at the former Arkell and Smiths Sack Co. facility in Canajoharie, New York.

Don’t fall for these tricks when buying a home
When someone is selling a house, it’s only natural they use every means possible to cast their home in the best possible light.

Fact sheet: Lead in schools' water in Tompkins County
Tompkins County first discovered there was lead in schools' drinking water in August 2015

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

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

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.

Housing at site of toxic plume?

A developer plans a subdivision on what was formerly a site of contamination.


'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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