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Legal Thriller Novel "HOA Wire"Launches Today
2/28/2015 7:57:20 AM
In the vein of his wildly popular legal thriller series, Author Kenneth Eade delivers another solid and intricately plotted tale. ‘HOA Wire’ is a traditional mystery crime thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.  Like all of Eade’s novels, however, it is wrapped around an important social issue.  The issue tackled by ’HOA Wire’ is the interference of …
Mold Shuts Down Apartment Complex in Santa Rosa
Mold Shuts Down Apartment Complex in Santa Rosa
2/27/2015 5:32:00 PM
Last month, The Press Democrat reported that city code enforcement officers from Santa Rosa, California ordered all residents of an apartment complex to vacate the property.  According to the article, this all occurred after high levels of mold were found in the air.  In addition to the mold problems, there were also reports of leaking roofs, plumbing and windows; unsafe …
New Pesticide Exposure Protections Announced in California
2/26/2015 4:51:06 PM
Last month, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced new rules for the use of the pesticide chloropicrin.  Chloropicrin is widely used in agriculture as a soil fumigant.  The news rules are meant to enhance protections for people who work and live near fields treated with the pesticide.                          The new measures announced by the DPR …
Marijuana Smoke Residue Test Kit Helps Property Managers & Future Tenants Identify Contaminants
Marijuana Smoke Residue Test Kit Helps Property Managers & Future Tenants Identify Contaminants
2/24/2015 4:15:43 PM
Today, in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia there are laws that legalize marijuana in one form or another, often for medical purposes. Several states have even legalized the use of marijuana for recreational use. In addition, marijuana is one of the most commonly used illegal drugs in the nation.   According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “In …
New Jersey Fire Causes Widespread Destruction & Smoke Damage Concerns in Nearby Buildings
New Jersey Fire Causes Widespread Destruction & Smoke Damage Concerns in Nearby Buildings
2/23/2015 4:24:35 PM
Last month, CNN reported on a massive apartment fire that consumed 240 apartments and reportedly displaced 500 residents.  Another 520 residents in adjacent buildings were also impacted.  The fire, in a midrise building in Edgewater, took more than 200 firefighters to stop.   Reports indicate the fire caused millions of dollars in damages and was accidently started by …
Is New Flooring or Carpets Creating Indoor Air Quality Problems in Your Home?
2/23/2015 10:30:25 AM
Recently, the Daily Mail published an article about a study conducted by the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research about the health of 450 new mothers and their babies.  The study also examined whether new furniture, PVC sheeting, flooring or carpets had been installed in the participants’ homes and air samples were collected to determine if volatile organic compounds …
California Cheese Maker Recalls Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
2/20/2015 3:04:22 PM
This winter, a California cheese producer expanded its voluntary recall to include a number of cheeses made between February and September of last year.  The recall resulted after sampling by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The cheese products that are part of the recall were reportedly sold to distributors who …
Did Tainted Water Take the Life of a California Surfer?
2/19/2015 4:56:47 PM
Last month, ABC News published a story about a popular San Diego surfer who died after contracting a staph infection.  According to the report, in December the man had gone surfing with several friends despite warnings about high levels of runoff in the ocean from recent heavy rains.  In total, three of the friends reportedly became ill after surfing, but two of them …
Mother Fearful that Mold in Apartment is making her Son Sick
Mother Fearful that Mold in Apartment is making her Son Sick
2/18/2015 5:44:27 PM
Last month, KBOI broadcasted a story about an Idaho woman and her concerns over the presence of mold in her apartment.  According to the report, a leak caused the growth of mold in her only bathroom and she claims that it was never properly remediated.  The woman’s young son has had a series of colds and respiratory issues that she feels is due to his exposure to mold in their …
Burst Pipe in Beverly Hills Causes Water Damage & Microbial Concerns
Burst Pipe in Beverly Hills Causes Water Damage & Microbial Concerns
2/17/2015 5:23:54 PM
Last month, the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles broadcasted a report about a water main break on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. According to the article, water gushed onto nearby streets and some residents woke up to find no water in their faucets while several businesses experienced flooding.   Los Angeles is no stranger to water main breaks as pipes in some areas …
Increase in cycling accidents – but how can you stay safe on our roads?
Increase in cycling accidents – but how can you stay safe on our roads?
2/16/2015 9:57:22 AM
New government figures have shown that the number of casualties sustained to cyclists, particularly serious injuries, have greatly increased in comparison to the number of people actually cycling on our roads. The shocking new statistics show that there has been an 8% increase in the number of cyclists who have been seriously injured or killed on our roads. When compared to …
CFPB Takes Action Against Mortgage Companies For Misrepresenting U.S. Government Affiliation
2/13/2015 6:44:12 PM
Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking action against three mortgage companies for misleading consumers with advertisements implying U.S. government approval of their products. The CFPB is suing reverse mortgage lender All Financial Services, seeking to halt its illegal activities. The CFPB is also ordering Flagship Financial Group and American …
Environmental Testing Experts Share Information about Antimicrobial Pesticides
2/10/2015 4:49:00 PM
In recent years, antimicrobial products have become increasingly popular as fears of MRSA, C. diff and other superbugs continue to grow.  In fact, approximately one billion dollars are spent annually on a variety of different types of antimicrobial products.   More than 5,000 antimicrobial products are registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and sold …
Could there be Cancer-Causing PCB Containing Caulk in Your Home?
Could there be Cancer-Causing PCB Containing Caulk in Your Home?
2/5/2015 5:30:45 PM
Last year, many people learned that some older caulks used in homes and buildings may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) when the national media reported that supermodel Cindy Crawford had pulled her children from a California high school after tests found elevated levels of PCBs in some of the classrooms.  The PCBs were believed to be coming from old window …

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