HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A proposed bill could bring South Carolina one step closer to regulating mold, which is something not currently required by state law.
House Bill 3127 is a resolution that, if approved, will establish a committee that would study the impacts of mold and find the best way to get rid of it.
The committee would be called the Mold Abatement and Remediation Study Committee and would look at public policy issues relative to mold in public buildings, focus on the impacts of heath of children in public schools, and propose policy initiatives to remediate and get rid of mold problems.
One of the sponsors of the bill is Rep. Rosalyn Henderson. She said her district, along with others, have dealt with mold problems in public buildings and she wants to take steps toward a potential solution.
Horry County Schools recently had testing and cleaning done at St. James Elementary School, but parents are still uneasy and hesitant to send their children to class.
Aubrey Taylor has children at the school. She said she’s not getting answers from the school district and wants to see the test results from the second round of testing that was complete on Jan. 21.
"I think it’s really sad that we have to have a regulation to fix problems when it comes to children or anybody’s health,” said Taylor.
Regardless, the bill is something she’s in favor of.
"If it takes a bill to get my kids’ school cleaned, I’m for it,” said Taylor.
Many parents that spoke with WMBF News feel the same.
"At least once a year they’re proactively cleaning and monitoring those systems, that they’re making sure the environment is safe for the kids. I’m sorry, I’m with that,” said Jared Smith.
Smith said he’s kept his daughter home from school because he wants to hear from the district acknowledging St. James Elementary is safe.
"There needs to be regulations, there needs to be a bill passed, there needs to be something where someone can come in and examine the building, all the buildings,” said Olivia Fleming, who isn’t sure if she should continue to send her child to school, but is afraid that they’ll be held back if they have too many absences.
The bill is expected to make its way through the state House and the Senate in the future.