Portland Officials: Confused about Mold Illness?
Portland failed to correct mold problems in the city-owned International Marine Terminal. It is the home to the famous Scotia Prince ferry. The approximately 500-ft ferry, operated by Scotia Prince Cruises, will not operate between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Matthew Hudson, the chairman, said mold continues to grow in the city-owned International Marine Terminal building, because it is not watertight. In other words, there is water intrusion. He has had expert evaluators do extensive testing and has found, for example, the second-floor offices have high levels of mold contamination that has not been fixed. He has repeatedly expressed an unwillingness to allow his employees or passengers to an unsafe environment.
Amazingly, his integrity and bravery has caused him to stare down the denial of Portland and cancel the entire 2005 ferry season. The city failed to meet its obligations to provide safe and appropriate facilities from which to operate, Hudson explained. It seems Portland considers it safe to allow blood markers for biotoxic mold to be off the charts!
Samples taken by the company's toxicologist recently show toxic molds. His toxicologist could not take new samples because Portland had made the dubious areas "inaccessible with new drywall," he said. Of course, mold loves nothing more than to eat and grow off dry wall.
The company's statement surprised Portland officials. I guess they have not been listening very well.
Mold was discovered in the terminal in August, and the company pulled its employees out of the building and processed passengers in a tent outside. They did this because of mold safety concerns.
The ferry brings thousands of tourists to Nova Scotia each summer from the United States.
For some in depth details, read about this from an insiders view, in Mold Warriors, which is already getting exceptional reviews as the "must have book on mold and human health." It will be out April 17th.
All italics and bolding inserted by Dr. J.