Peddling fear with mold &
By Glen Thompson
October 21, 2005
I really wish the Daily News, the borough staff, and some members
of the assembly would cease their ill-conceived focus on a mold
problem at Schoenbar. This is paranoia that sells newspapers,
creates hyperbole and debate but serves no other useful purpose.
While the manager apparently disagrees, even his proposed mold
expert has stated that mold has not, repeat not, been established
as a causal threat to human health by any competent authority.
From the federal government Centers for Disease Control website:
"People with allergies may be more sensitive to molds.
People with immune suppression or underlying lung disease are
more susceptible to fungal infections... Standards for judging
what is an acceptable, tolerable or normal quantity of mold have
not been established molds may cause heath symptoms
that are nonspecific. At present there is no test that proves
an association between Stachybotrys <mold> and particular
health symptomsmolds are found in a building, prudent practice
recommends that they be removed." (Emphasis added) So can
we please stop peddling fear?
To use the mold and fungus
issue as a reason not to occupy the remodeled school is beyond
junk science, it is chasing specters. We live in a rainforest
where mold and fungus are simply part of the environment. If
someone is allergic to them or suspects them as a cause of poor
health, they need to move to Arizona. There is nothing anyone
can do about it except perhaps hope that global warming will
kill the rainforest.
While the mold needs to be
removed, it is incidental to the real problem. There is serious
water infiltration to the building's roof and cladding. This
is a warranty issue and needs to be addressed by the contractor
and the borough. However, the water infiltration does not preclude
using the facility!
In my opinion, the borough
manager should immediately authorize the school board to recommence
occupation of the school facility.
The manager has acted prudently
to have the building inspected for the water damage.
Now it is time to move in while
we deal with the problem.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Note: Glen Thompson is a member
of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.
Schoenbar move could resume Friday....
October 21, 2005 - Ketchikan Daily News - www.ketchikandailynews.com
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