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Schumer pushes for mold removal funding

January 9, 2013

SEAFORD, NY — Since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast, many homes damaged by flood waters have become infested with toxic mold, according to WCBS-TV.

schumerAs such, many homes have become unlivable due to the mold, and New York Senator Charles Schumer is now saying that the federal government does not do enough to help displaced homeowners, the article stated.

According to the article, Schumer is now pushing for the passage of a bill that is due to come up in the House next week that would provide money for mold removal.

"Many houses that were flooded have mold and unfortunately, existing law, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) law, does not allow remediation of mold anywhere above the water line. And anyone who knows about mold can tell you when you get it in one place, it’s going to spread to the other," Schumer said.

"It can cause respiratory infection, nasal and sinus congestion, eye irritation, throat irritation, headaches, even mood changes," Schumer added.

Schumer is calling on the federal government to update the regulations so that homes flooded by Sandy can get expensive mold remediation included in FEMA relief, the article noted.

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