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California Foreclosures and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Issues
California Foreclosures and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Issues
8/28/2015 12:13:44 PM
Foreclosure rates have been steadily decreasing in most parts of the country.  According to recent media reports, even with this trend, California still has one of the highest number of completed foreclosure rates in the country.  Approximately 29,000 properties completed the foreclosure process in California from the middle of 2014 through the middle of this year. For many …
Over 100,000 Nail Salon Workers in California Could be Exposed to Toxic Chemicals
8/27/2015 5:20:18 PM
According to the Los Angeles Times, there are approximately 120,000 licensed nail technicians who work in some 48,000 nail salons across California.  This information was part of an article published by the newspaper in May that looked into working conditions and potential chemical exposure risks faced by these workers.  Chemical exposure concerns for nail salon workers were …
Tenants Advised to Inspect for Mold and Water Damage before Renting a Home or Apartment
Tenants Advised to Inspect for Mold and Water Damage before Renting a Home or Apartment
8/27/2015 4:20:55 PM
In early August, KTVB broadcasted a story about an Idaho family who had to move out of the home they were renting due to mold.  After the family brought in a mold inspection professional to investigate their claims, long-term water and moisture damage was found that supported the growth of fungi in the residence.  Allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate …
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
8/26/2015 5:23:00 PM
According to CBC News , in late July, Memorial University in St. Johns, Canada temporarily closed its campus after higher than acceptable levels of lead were found in the drinking water of several buildings. The campus reopened several days later as bottled water and special lead-removing filters were added to some of the drinking fountains as more tests were …
Radon and Other Natural Sources of Radiation Exposure
Radon and Other Natural Sources of Radiation Exposure
8/25/2015 5:09:02 PM
Even though many people may not be aware of it, radiation is all around them. In fact, this natural “background” radiation has been here since the birth of the universe. People are exposed to small amounts of radiation from natural sources every day. This radiation exposure can be measured. In the United States, the dose, which is the amount of radiation energy absorbed by …
Molten Glass 3D Printer Produces Optically Transparent Glass
Molten Glass 3D Printer Produces Optically Transparent Glass
8/25/2015 12:02:13 PM
A new additive manufacturing technique uses an innovative process for printing molten glass at sufficiently high temperatures, layering it to produce strong 3D-printed glass objects able to transmit light. The modular, scalable printer, combined with a Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) printing process, makes it possible to tailor the size, shape, and properties of the printed …
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. Announces In-House Capability for Passive Air Sampling at Refineries
8/25/2015 8:48:21 AM
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., a leader in air testing services, announced today the introduction of an in-house capability to analyze for benzene and other organic compounds in air using passive sampling tubes.    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that will require the monitoring of air concentrations at the fence line of refineries.  The proposed …
Is Lead Contamination Around Vernon Recycling Plant More Widespread than Previously Thought?
Is Lead Contamination Around Vernon Recycling Plant More Widespread than Previously Thought?
8/24/2015 2:05:34 PM
In July, KCAL, the Los Angeles CBS affiliate, broadcasted a report about the ongoing contamination issues surrounding a recycling plant located in a heavily populated area in Vernon, California. According to the news report, environmental health experts have found additional lead contamination in a much larger area than previously known. The soil at 146 homes, out of …
Sulfur Dioxide Occupational Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Sulfur Dioxide Occupational Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
8/24/2015 11:22:15 AM
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of a group of highly reactive gases known as oxides of sulfur. It is a colorless gas with a pungent and suffocating odor.  It is also a common air pollutant found in many parts of the world.  Much of the sulfur dioxide in the air comes from the burning of coal and oil at electric power plants. Other sources of sulfur dioxide come from industrial …
Kentucky Middle School’s Equipment Failure Results in Mold Growth
8/21/2015 2:15:02 PM
Last month, WPSD broadcasted a report about the temporary closing of a middle school in McCracken County, Kentucky. The middle school was reportedly closed so remediation crews could begin removing mold recently found in the building to get the facility ready for students and faculty preparing for the new school year. According to the news report, a compressor failed which …
China: UN Human Rights Expert Calls For Greater Transparency In The Wake Of Tragic Tianjin Explosion
8/20/2015 10:20:29 PM
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, called on the Government of China and relevant businesses to ensure complete transparency in the investigation of the chemical disaster in Tianjin, including both causes and effects of the explosion. “The Chinese authorities should also assess whether China’s laws for …
Nationwide Workplace Safety Checks Ordered by Chinese Government Following Tianjin Disaster
Nationwide Workplace Safety Checks Ordered by Chinese Government Following Tianjin Disaster
8/19/2015 5:44:31 PM
Earlier this month, a catastrophic series of explosions took place at the Chinese port city of Tianjin.  The explosions originated at a warehouse filled with hazardous materials.  Some media reports have stated that there were 700 tons of sodium cyanide being stored in the location, a safety violation.  Managers of the facility have provided limited information to emergency …
Widespread Flooding in Tampa Causes Property Damage and Health Concerns
8/19/2015 10:24:13 AM
The first three days of August brought a month’s worth of rain to Tampa.  Parts of the metro area reportedly received up to 18 inches of rain and the region recorded measurable rain for 14 days straight. With the area soaked, the rain had nowhere to go. In many parts of the city, flooding and leaking homes and buildings resulted in extensive property damage.   Now that the …
Lankford Joins GreenWood, Inc. as Senior Maintenance and Reliability Manager
Lankford Joins GreenWood, Inc. as Senior Maintenance and Reliability Manager
8/18/2015 12:08:30 PM
GreenWood, Inc., an integrated maintenance, construction and workforce solutions provider, announces that Jim Lankford has been named Senior Maintenance and Reliability Manager for the company’s West Virginia Operations (WVO) at the Kureha site.  In this role, Jim leads efforts for maintenance asset management, equipment reliability and availability optimization, continuous …
California Wildfires Rage Causing Destruction & Property Damage
8/17/2015 4:21:45 PM
August started with approximately 20 wildfires raging across California.  The fires have been made exceptionally difficult to control this year due to the state’s historic ongoing drought and windy conditions in many areas. Tens of thousands of acres have been burnt as firemen from surrounding states make their way to California to help with efforts to contain the …
Canon Successfully Develops World’s First Practical Use Germanium Immersion Grating
Canon Successfully Develops World’s First Practical Use Germanium Immersion Grating
8/7/2015 10:05:21 AM
Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the successful development of the world’s first* practical use germanium immersion grating,† making possible a significant reduction in the size of infrared spectrometers used in astronomical and other applications. Through the application of the Canon-developed …
The Importance of Indoor Environmental Quality for California’s Hotel Industry
8/5/2015 11:59:42 AM
Millions of tourists visit California each year and most stay at one of the thousands of lodging establishments that serve visitors from across the world. Tourism is a huge part of the state’s economy and generates billions of dollars in direct travel spending and helps to fill local and state tax coffers.  An increasing number of visitors to California are concerned about …

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