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Benson Statement on Discussion of Bill Calling for Mandatory Mold Checks in Schools

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) issued the following statement on Thursday’s Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee’s discussion on his bill which would require the evaluation for, and abatement of, mold hazards in school buildings:

“We have now begun an incredibly important discussion concerning the safety and health of our children and all school employees across the state.

“It is our responsibility to make our schools as safe as possible in all regards, which includes ensuring, to the best of our ability, that all the schools in our state are inspected and cleaned of potentially dangerous mold.

“Mold can cause severe health issues, especially for individuals already suffering from upper respiratory diseases, such as asthma.

“I am proud to be a sponsor of this bill, and I believe that by creating a mold-free school environment for all of our students, we are doing a service to every parent and child in this state.”