50 years, the tobacco industry denied the truth about the health
effects of tobacco. How long will the insurance industry and other
stakeholders be allowed to deny the truth about the health effects of
toxic mold? We need to expose the truth now and educate the public
about the proper way to handle mold problems in our homes, schools and
businesses. If your family was exposed to toxic mold, wouldn't you
want laws in place to protect your loved ones? This is all we are
asking. We need your leadership and action on this very important issue.
The following information will give you a good place to start in understanding the issues that need to be addressed. These ten items are a very small sample of the thousands of documents available on this topic. I thought these items would be most helpful in your efforts to create new laws and regulations about mold-related issues. You might also review the mold legislation that was proposed by Representative John Conyers.
1. The following paper has an insightful discussion of whether mold contamination in homes can be regulated. "Can Mold Contamination of Homes be Regulated Lessons Learned from Radon and Lead Policies"? The answer is YES.
2. The State of California issued mold remediation guidelines. This is one of the most up-to-date reports available. It contains references to several important articles about the health effects of toxic mold. The U.S. Navy also has mold remediation guidelines.
3. Several states have passed legislation designating September 2009 as toxic mold awareness month, and other states have passed legislation regarding standards and qualifications for mold investigators. The following links provide two examples:
Nevada legislation about toxic mold awareness month
Florida legislation about mold remediation