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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.

Prevent Mold In The Workplace

How Builders Keep Radon From Entering The Home
Homeowners must ensure steps are taken to protect a home's inhabitants from naturally occurring threats, including radon.

4 Tips to Make Your Home Renovation Project Less Stressful
The renovation process can be challenging. Here are a few tips to make your Ithaca N.Y. home renovation project less stressful.

What To Look For In A Home Inspection
Cosmetic issues may not matter much, but a crooked foundation, bad roof or toxic mold can ruin your homeownership experience and possibly your health and finances. Here is what to look for in a home inspection.

Radon and Cancer Correlation
Over the years, many studies have stated that radon, a naturally formed gas causes cancer.

How to Stay Safe from Asbestos After a Fire
Asbestos is fireproof and extremely durable. As products are damaged or wear down over time, toxic asbestos fibers are released into the air.

Is Your Indoor Air Quality Hazardous To Your Health?
Sources such as heating systems, certain building materials and even nature itself can release harmful gases or particles into the air inside our homes

This Hidden Environmental Toxin Could Be The Root Of Your Brain Fog
Anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive personality are common symptoms seen in patients affected by toxic mold.

Improve Your Home’s Health with Professional Mold Remediation
Among the most common problems you should always be on the lookout for is mold growth.

Cortland County Has The Highest Radon Gas Levels In NY
New York State recently listed the counties in New York State that have the highest levels of radon gas.

6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Home
Particles can exacerbate respiratory symptoms, bronchitis, and asthma for people with such conditions.

Breathe Easier By Improving Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air can be more polluted than outside air.

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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