OSHA Listens – Written Comments received through March 3rd
We are writing in follow-up to the February 3 meeting of the Federal Interagency Committee on Indoor Air Quality (CIAQ). Several members of our group and other interested parties (including scientists, physicians, nonprofit leaders, IAQ experts, and community members) were waiting for the opportunity to communicate with the representatives of the federal agencies included on the CIAQ. We were expecting a report on the progress of the CIAQ Mold Work Group (MWG), and we were waiting to receive updates from our government regarding their progress on this serious public health threat.
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Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer
Information on Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Toxic Mold Infested Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana continuing to allow tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of mold toxins