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    Posted by Mary Mulvey Jacobson on 12/06/04


    Dear Friends,

    A huge thing that everyone can do to help us raise
    awareness of the devastating effects of exposure to mold
    would be to send your story to the Boston City Council to
    read and include in the official testimony of the
    hearing. Stories can be sent to

    [email protected]
    and cc me at
    [email protected]

    Send ASAP as the hearing is December 9th!

    We have people coming from all over the country to attend
    the hearing! If you can come, if you live close by, please
    consider attending.

    Congressman John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the author of
    HR1268 "The US Toxic Mold Safety and Protect Act" will be
    attending the hearing which is huge and a first for this
    country.

    Every US Representative in New England (as well as others),
    every US Senator, every major media outlet countrywide has
    been contacted about this hearing.

    YOUR STORIES (hopefully several cartons full) of stories
    will make a big impact!

    All of this activity came out of our years of work on the
    issue of mold exposure and the work we all did during Mold
    Awareness Week in Washington DC in September! People
    really can make a difference.

    As we look forward to the Boston City Council hearing on
    December 9th, I wanted to share with you a very interesting
    and inspiring fact I learned from Richard Stutman,
    President of the Boston Teachers Union in his e-Bulletin to
    Boston's teachers.

    In alerting the teachers that the City of Boston's Public
    Health Commission just released a long awaited
    environmental study of all 131 schools in the system,
    Richard wished to share a little piece of trivia.

    "In reading the Public Health Commission's page, you'll
    find that Boston had the nation's first health department,
    founded in 1799." You will also find out That Paul Revere
    served as Boston's first health officer.

    Where else then would we ever find a better place to launch
    a nationwide push for HR1268?

    The Mold Bill is coming! The Mold Bill is coming!

    Mary Mulvey Jacobson

    Boston City Council Hearing on Mold

    For Immediate Release

    Boston City Councillor Maura A. Hennigan would like to
    inform the public that a Boston City Council hearing will
    be held to address the serious public health threat of mold
    and poor indoor air quality, and to learn what Boston can
    do, as a city, a state and a region to educate the public
    and prevent further contamination.

    The date of the hearing is Thursday evening, December 9,
    2004 at The Boston Teachers Union Hall, 180 Mount Vernon
    Street, Dorchester, MA at 6pm.

    This past June, Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D-Michigan),
    the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee,
    introduced the first Toxic Mold and Indoor Air Pollution
    Congressional Caucus and hosted a press conference and
    briefing on September 22, 2004 in Washington, DC to further
    raise awareness of this growing public health hazard. A
    representative group of people from across the country,
    including Massachusetts, traveled to Washington DC during
    the week of September 20, 2004 to advocate for immediate
    Congressional action.

    Congressman Conyers, who is sponsoring The U.S. Toxic Mold
    Safety and Protection Act, HR1268 will testify at the
    Boston hearing. This bill would generate guidelines for
    preventing indoor mold growth, establish standards for
    removing mold when it does grow, provide grants for mold
    removal in public buildings, authorize tax credits for
    inspection and/or remediation of mold hazards, and create a
    national insurance program to protect homeowners from
    catastrophic losses. In addition, an Emergency
    Appropriation Bill is included to help schools remediate
    contaminated buildings and improve air quality.

    The aim of Hennigan's order is to educate the public about
    the problem of indoor mold and poor indoor air quality due
    to water intrusion in public and private buildings in the
    city. Although indoor mold is sometimes invisible to the
    naked eye, the potential health effects and symptoms
    associated with mold exposures are very visible and
    include, but are not limited to, allergic reactions,
    asthma, and other respiratory complaints. "This is a
    serious public health risk and I look forward to continuing
    to raise awareness and educate the public about this issue
    by bringing in those who are knowledgeable on this matter,"
    Hennigan concluded.

    Many local, state and national agencies and organizations
    have conducted research and/or have recognized the serious
    health effects and property damage caused by indoor mold
    including: CDC (Center for Disease Control), EPA
    (Environmental Protection Agency), FEMA (Federal Emergency
    Management Agency), ASHRAE (American Society of Heating,
    Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers), ANSI
    (American National Standards Institute), NIOSH (National
    Institute for Occupational Health and Safety), OSHA
    (Occupational Health and Safety Administration), AIHA
    (American Industrial Hygiene Association), WHO (World
    Health Organization), AMA (American Medical Association),
    American Lung Association, U.S. Surgeon General, American
    Academy of Pediatrics, ACGIH (American Conference of
    Governmental Industrial Hygienists), U.S. Army, USDA (US
    Drug Administration), Massachusetts Nurses Association,
    American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology,
    American Agricultural Association, MassCosh (Massachusetts
    Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health), Boston Urban
    Asthma Coalition, National Academy of Sciences, IAQA
    (Indoor Air Quality Association), Silent Spring, Building
    Environment and Thermal Envelope Council, HUD (Housing and
    Urban Development), Indoor Environmental Standards
    Organization, Sheet Metal Workers Union, American
    Federation of Teachers, and Indian Health Service, and the
    Massachusetts Teachers Association.

    Testimony is expected from; Congressman Conyers, physicians
    currently treating mold related illness, teachers,
    including a group from California, Environmental groups,
    Mold Advocacy groups, research scientists specializing in
    Occupational and Environmental Medicine, nurses, and many
    others. The general public is cordially invited to attend.


    For directions, please visit
    http://www.btu.org/topnavbar/directions.html

    For further information, contact

    Boston City Councillor Maura Hennigan 617-635-4217
    Mary Mulvey Jacobson 617-522-1372
    Nancy Davis 978-433-0450
    Ginny Tomasini Lane 617-268-6044


    Boston City Council
    Notice of Public Hearing

    November 24, 2004

    The Boston City Council's Committee on Environment and
    Historic Preservation will hold a public hearing on
    Thursday, December 9, 2004 at 6:00 P.M. at the Boston
    Teachers Union Hall, 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, Ma
    02125.

    The subject of the hearing is:

    Docket # 1407 - Order for a hearing on growing concern
    nationally, statewide and within Boston, regarding the
    problem of indoor mold contamination and poor indoor air
    quality due to water intrusion in public and private
    buildings.

    This matter was sponsored by Councillor Hennigan and
    referred to the committee on October 20, 2004.

    Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and
    testify. If you have not testified at a Council hearing
    before, please arrive (5) minutes before the call of the
    hearing to sign up and become familiar with the hearing
    format, testimony locations and sound system. Please bring
    fifteen (15) copies of any written documentation you wish
    to present at the hearing. If you know of others who may
    be interested in this hearing, kindly notify them.

    Written comments may be made part of the record and
    available to all Councilors by sending them by fax or mail
    to arrive before the hearing, please use the address below.

    For the Committee:

    Jerry P. McDermott, Chair
    Committee on Environment and Historic Preservation

    Mail Address: Docket # 1407 - City Hall, Boston, MA
    02201
    Fax Number: (617) 635-4203 Attn: Lincoln E. Smith,
    Docket # 1407
    Telephone Number: 635-3043 / E-Mail:
    [email protected]
    Comcast - A-51 / cablecast date: December 10, 2004 @ 10:
    00 A.M.


    Boston City Council
    In City Council

    Order of Councillors Maura Hennigan, Chuck Turner, Felix
    Arroyo, Charles Yancey, Maureen Feeney, Michael Flaherty,
    Michael Ross, Paul Scappiccio, Stephen Murphy and John Tobin

    WHEREAS: There is growing concern nationally, statewide
    and within Boston, regarding the problem of indoor mold
    contamination and poor indoor air quality due to water
    intrusion in public and private buildings; AND

    WHEREAS: EPA, Boston Public Health Commission,
    Massachusetts Nurses Association, MassCosh, Boston Urban
    Asthma Coalition, HUD, Sheet Metal Workers Union, National
    Teachers Association, Indian Health Service, and many other
    agencies and organizations have conducted vast amounts of
    research or have recognized through this research the known
    serious health effects and property damage caused by indoor
    mold; AND

    WHEREAS: The issue of indoor mold contamination in all
    buildings has been an issue of concern to residents of the
    City of Boston; AND

    WHEREAS: Potential health effects and symptoms associated
    with mold exposure include, but are not limited to,
    allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory
    complaints; AND

    WHEREAS: That the Boston City Council urges the Mayor and
    Boston Public Health Commission to work locally and
    nationally with the Boston Congressional Delegation to seek
    passage of legislation, H.R. 1268 - U.S. Toxic Mold Safety
    and Protection Act, that could offer help to the City of
    Boston to remediate public buildings with indoor air
    quality problems; THEREFORE BE IT

    ORDERED: That the appropriate committee of the Boston City
    Council convenes a hearing to address this serious public
    health threat and learn what Boston can do, as a city, to
    educate the public and prevent further contamination.




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