QuanTEM Chronicles -- September 2008
QuanTEM Chronicles - September
A Message from John
Ladies and Gentlemen: I would like to share an email with I
Hi John, I
would like to take a few moments of your time to express my deep
appreciation for the excellent and timely laboratory reports provided
by your staff, particularly Jeff. In the last few months, on
several occasions, we have needed your staff's expertise and timely
response in the analysis of lab samples. Last Tuesday we had need
of his expertise and quick response due to the shut down of an area for
asbestos concerns. By that afternoon he issued two lab reports,
one requiring analysis according to NIOSH 7402 (TEM) and the other by
ASTM D 5755. Both can be difficult and time consuming
particularly the ASTM D 5755. Because of his quick response, we
were able to re-open the area and alleviate a lot of concerns.
Thank you very much for offering outstanding, responsive services.
My intent is not to brag but to thank this writer and to let you know
how much we appreciate this kind of letter. As an environmental
laboratory it is our job to support you guys in the field and we take
this task very seriously. Thanks for your continuing support and
please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or
ideas how we can better serve the industry.
Now Faces Mold Problems
Blackwell Families Forced to Trash Items Salvaged From Flood
-- An Oklahoma town that was the
scene of severe flooding earlier this month is now having
problems with mold.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the mold problems in some
parts of Blackwell could be hazardous to the health of residents there.
"It's not often we see a disaster right here in our own
area," said Blackwell resident Terry Caldwell.
Calswell said most of her house was severely damaged in the floods from
the remnants of Hurricane Lowell. She siad the things she did
salvage have been covered by mold.
The rest of the story by KOCO Channel 5 is here.
Fines Issued for Illegal
The city of
was recently fined $240,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency as a
penalty for asbestos violations committed last year. The violations
included illegal removal of asbestos, illegal disposal of asbestos, and
failure to notify the proper authorities of the presence of asbestos.
The suit filed by the EPA named the city and John Roche, the former
city manager, as well as the owner of the building where the violations
were committed. They were accused of demolishing four apartment
buildings without inspecting them for asbestos.
If asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed during
demolition, toxic fibers will often be released into the air. These
fibers, if inhaled or ingested, can cause serious diseases such as
mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Malignant mesothelioma often
takes several decades to develop, and when it is finally diagnosed,
most mesothelioma treatments do not have a curative affect on the
Tipsters originally notified state authorities that the buildings were
in the process of being torn down, and the demolition was ordered to a
halt. Tests were carried out and the presence of asbestos was
Experts say: Act quickly to minimize mold's damaging effects in flooded
(Media-Newswire.com) - COLLEGE STATION - People
returning to homes flooded during Hurricane Ike or other disasters
should act quickly to combat mold, said a Texas AgriLife Extension
"If you don't it could ruin your
home, possessions and threaten your health," said Janie Harris, an
AgriLife Extension housing and environmental specialist.
Mold's damaging effects can be minimized by following some suggestions
offered by family and consumer sciences professionals and other experts
with AgriLife Extension, she said.
After it is safe to return home, open windows and turn on fans to get
fresh air circulating, Harris said. Consider running a dehumidifier to
help remove moisture from the air....
Whole story HERE.
Extension Service has an incredible array of publications regarding
post-flood mold cleanup as does the
Extension Disaster Education
Network. I strongly recommend taking advantage of these resources.
to Continue after Ike
by Shawn Garza
According to the New York Times, Hurricane Ike left a nasty toxic soup
composed of mud, human waste, asbestos,
toxic chemicals, petroleum products, etc. that will
take months to clean. The city
has identified about 150 houses that have collapsed and will need to be
properly removed. That number is expected to rise.
To learn more, read the full story at The New York Times.
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