Newsletter – July 2013

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QuanTEM Chronicle
An Informative Newsletter for Environmental Professionals
July, 2013
In This Issue
Asbestos found at site of June 5 collapse
Mold found in Culver School
Childhood exposure to lead costing developing nations
Myrtle Beach condo tower renovation leads to criminal charges
Juniper mold threatens world supplies of gin
Property managers failed to disclose lead paint hazards
The day slime mold invaded my front yard
Asbestos-ridden home to be encased in bubble
EPA cleans up lead contaminated lot in Pilsen
Barbara’s Corner
Barbara Holder, Customer Service Manager Here is a quick reminder about sending your samples to QuanTEM with FedEx.We receive deliveries from FedEx twice a day. The First Overnight Priority samples arrive at the lab by 8 AM.
The Priority Overnight and the Standard Overnight are usually received by 10:30 AM.QuanTEM will pay for Priority Overnight and Standard Overnight if the project is more than $150.00 for US customers or $250.00 for Canadian customers

QuanTEM does not pay for First Overnight Priority.

Please use the appropriate sized package for the samples sent. A small volume of bulk PLM samples will easily fit in the paks and envelopes provided by FedEx.

Mold of the Month
Rhizopus Nigricans
Rhizopus Fungus

A fungus commonly known as bread mold and the most common species of Rhizopus. It is found on spoiled food, in soils, and even in children’s sandboxes.

The genus contains some 50 species and bread mold is sometimes confused with species of Mucor or other species of Rhizopus like Rhizopus oryzae. Dispersed in hot dry weather, the spores contain allergenic proteins with 31 distinct allergens,  which can produce respiratory and nasal symptoms in concentration (e.g. chronic cough, dyspnea, chest tightness, chronic phlegm, snuffle, and allergic rhinitis). Read More

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John’s Rant
John Barnett, President
John Barnett, President

Being in business has its ups and downs and they usually both arrive daily. Dealing with mechanical equipment, vendors, employees and of course our customers’ needs, can often create some strain on an otherwise calm personality.

I feel very fortunate as I believe we have an outstanding staff here at QuanTEM. Our entire staff is dedicated to supporting our customers and providing the quality of service they’ve come to expect. Everyone here knows we depend on our customers to keep our families fed and housed so it’s paramount that we all concentrate on supporting those who support us.

I just want to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone here at QuanTEM for their efforts in going above and beyond to ensure our work is completed correctly, and on-time. No one can do it by themselves, it takes a team and everyone here is a member of a GREAT CREW and I’m proud to be working with them.


John E. Barnett


QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC

Asbestos found at site of June 5 collapse
Firemen and rescue workers looking for survivors

By Bob Warner,

Contractors have found remnants of asbestos in the debris of the fatal building collapse at 22d and Market Streets, raising questions about paperwork filed earlier by the building owners to get demolition permits.

The owner of the four-story building that collapsed during demolition June 5, STB Investment Corp., submitted inspection reports to the city in January – before work began – saying there was “no asbestos found” in two adjacent buildings to be torn down.

The asbestos inspections were performed by Kenneth Hudson, whose credentials had been certified by the city. His reports were submitted by Plato Marinakos, a licensed architect functioning as an “expediter” to obtain the necessary permit from the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

City Councilman James F. Kenney has expressed concern about asbestos since the building went down, killing six people in an adjacent Salvation Army thrift shop. Read More

Mold found in Culver School
By Natasha Wasinski,

Finding mold growing in a newer wing of Culver School was not the way Amy Kruppe wanted to kick off the summer season.

On the plus side – if there is one – no classes had to be disrupted.

“I’m glad the kids were not in school,” the District 71 superintendent said.

Mold was discovered in an art room June 6, the last day of school for the Niles students.

A teacher had been cleaning out a storage space when she noticed mold on the wall hidden behind a box of supplies, Kruppe said. Upon further inspection, additional damage was detected in an adjacent technology lab.

School officials immediately called in Westmont-based STEM Environmental Management, Inc. and the district’s architect, Sven Dahlquist, to assess the situation, which was believed to be caused by a leaky pipe. Read More

Childhood exposure to lead costing developing nations $992 billion a year
By Brian Bienkowski,

Childhood lead exposure is costing developing countries $992 billion annually due to
reductions in IQs and earning potential, according to a new study published June 25.
The report by New York University researchers is the first to calculate the economic cost of children exposed to lead in Africa, Asia, Latin America and other developing regions. The researchers found that, despite major declines in exposure in the United States and Europe, lead is still harming brains and bottom lines in poorer regions around the world.
The toxic metal is annually taking a 1.2 percent chunk out of the entire world’s gross domestic product, according to the new report.
“Childhood lead exposure represents a major opportunity lost,” said Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a professor at New York University School of Medicine and senior author of the study published online in Environmental Health Perspectives. “Prevention may actually accelerate economic development, which is critically needed in these countries.” Read More

Myrtle Beach condo tower renovation leads to criminal charges over asbestos pollution
By David Wren,
Renovation of the oceanfront Regency Towers condominium building here has led to criminal charges against a Little River man accused of knowingly creating a health risk for workers and residents and letting friable asbestos blow onto the beach, the building’s landscaped areas and its parking lot, according to an indictment in federal court.David Braswell and his company, Cool Cote LLC, face seven violations of the federal Clean Air Act related to work they did at Regency Towers in March 2009. Braswell also faces two felony charges of making false statements to federal agents investigating the matter. The charges carry a combined maximum of 45 years in prison. Read More

Juniper mold threatens world supplies of gin
Juniper Berries

By Francie Diep,
A fungus-like pathogen, first discovered just five years ago, now is wreaking havoc on juniper trees in the U.K.This is the first time that this mold, called Phytophthora austrocedrae, has ever been seen in Europe. It threatens a tree that’s native to the U.K. and important to ecosystems there. Junipers are known for the berries, which give gin that piney flavor. Most gin companies don’t get their juniper berries from the U.K. nowadays, ABC News reports, but the infection may cross onto mainland Europe. Read More

Property managers failed to disclose lead paint hazards to renters
By Suzanne Skadowski,
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered three property management companies in Oregon and Idaho to pay more than $15,000 in federal penalties for failing to disclose lead-based paint hazards to renters.Elite Property Management, Inc. of Corvallis, Oregon, and Advanced Management, Inc. of Keizer, Oregon, and Hill Rental Properties, LLC of Moscow, Idaho, were each fined for violating the federal Lead-Based Paint Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule. Read More Ad

The day slime mold invaded my front yard
Slime Mold

By Jenny Marder,
About a week ago, we noticed an intruder in our front yard — a vivid yellow, blob-like substance that appeared to be invisibly oozing across our garden mulch like the beginnings of a horror film. My first thought was, naturally, will it creep into the house through the windows, consume my family and then feed on our brains?But upon further research, I discovered the culprit — slime mold. I had slime mold in my garden. And not just any kind of slime mold. The kind affectionately known as “dog vomit.”

Like any homeowner, I was thoroughly grossed out and wanted it gone. But like any decent journalist, I needed some pictures first. Plus, I had no idea what to do with the stuff. Was it dangerous? Was it harmful to touch? To breathe? So I took a trek to my local garden shop for guidance. Read More

Asbestos-ridden home to be encased in bubble
By Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy,

Something quite remarkable is about to take place on an otherwise unremarkable suburban street.

Starting in the next week, an enormous plastic bubble will encase a small brick bungalow home on Bradfield Street in Downer, as the ACT government spends $2 million removing asbestos insulation from the home and 30 centimetres of topsoil from the site.

Passersby paid no particular attention to the dilapidated white house surrounded by temporary fencing on Monday, but neighbours who had learned about planned removal works in an ACT government letter said they were concerned for their safety and the work’s impact on local property prices.

A look through the fence showed air vents sealed with duct tape and plastic, a debris-filled garden and a pile of warning signs strewn outside the garage. One resident said three months of noise and traffic disruption was a small enough price to pay for improved safety and the destruction of ”an eyesore”. Read More



EPA cleans up lead contaminated lot in Pilsen
By Shannon Heffernan,

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun cleanup of brain-damaging lead contamination on the former site of Loewenthal Metals in Pilsen.

Jerry Mead-Lucero is an organizer with Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO). He says lead contamination of over over 400 parts per million (ppm) is a concern. On the Lowenthal site, they discovered  lead levels levels as high as 23,000 ppm.

“Really we were quite shocked because that was off the charts from what we’ve seen before.  And it’s very close to a school and very close to a community garden,” said Mead-Lucero.

Lead exposure is especially damaging to pregnant women and young children. PERRO says the EPA knew about the contamination of the soil as early as 2006, but they only responded after PERRO began to pressure them. Read More

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