Congressman John Conyers, Jr. Introduces
H.R. 1268: The United States Toxic Mold Safety
and Protection Act ("The Melina Bill")
The growth of "toxic mold" is becoming a problem of monumental
proportions. Exposure to mold growth in residential, public and
commercial buildings is believed to have caused serious medical
conditions which include bleeding lungs, digestive problems, hair
loss, nausea, loss of memory, reduced cognitive skills, and death.
Property damage from mold growth has destroyed millions of dollars
in real estate and forced homeowners to the curb. We cannot eliminate
mold. However, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the
dangers of indoor mold growth.
The United States Toxic Mold Safety
and Protection Act will mandate comprehensive research into mold
growth, create programs to educate the public about the dangers
of toxic mold, and provide assistance to victims. In addition, the
Act will 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. Taken as a whole, the Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act
will attack indoor mold growth with good science, public awareness,
and tangible relief.
Home ownership is part of the American
Dream, but for many toxic mold has transformed that dream into a
nightmare. Its time to stop toxic mold from robbing Americans
of their health and their homes. If you are concerned about the
hazards of mold contact your congressional representative and ask
them to cosponsor and/or support the United States Toxic Mold Safety
and Protection Act.
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