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Apartment Fire Displaces San Rafael Tenant and Creates Potential Indoor Environmental Issues for Others
Apartment Fire Displaces San Rafael Tenant and Creates Potential Indoor Environmental Issues for Others
7/26/2016 9:12:16 AM
Recently, several apartments in San Rafael, California sustained damage after a fire broke out in one of the units. The multi-tenant complex was saved due to the efforts of firefighters and the building’s sprinkler system. Although only one unit was reportedly damaged directly due to flames, other apartments sustained smoke and water damage. This is an all-too-common …
Unicel combines ViuLite® internal blinds with TGP’s Pilkington Pyrostop® glass for UL fire-rated privacy and shading solution
Unicel combines ViuLite® internal blinds with TGP’s Pilkington Pyrostop® glass for UL fire-rated privacy and shading solution
7/26/2016 6:00:00 AM
MONTREAL, CANADA, and SNOQUALMIE, WASH ., – July 26, 2016 – Unicel Architectural and Technical Glass Products (TGP) announced today the availability of Unicel’s ViuLite® Venetian blinds-within-glass combined with Pilkington Pyrostop® fire-resistive-rated glass from TGP for a privacy and shading solution with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire-resistive classification. …
Indoor Environmental Quality Issues Caused by Lightning Strikes in Puerto Rico
Indoor Environmental Quality Issues Caused by Lightning Strikes in Puerto Rico
7/25/2016 10:32:38 AM
Puerto Rico’s tropical climate means year-round warm weather and the frequent possibility of lightning storms for residents of the islands. As lightning passes through the air it can heat the air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun according to the National Weather Service.   As lightening makes contact with the ground or …
New York Licensed Mold Assessors Identify and Resolve Microbial Growth Following Water Damage
New York Licensed Mold Assessors Identify and Resolve Microbial Growth Following Water Damage
7/25/2016 8:56:06 AM
When water damage occurs in a commercial building, school, or home, its presence can not only ruin and destroy building materials and personal belongings, it could also quickly result in mold growth and even a termite infestation.    Some species of termites are attracted to water damaged wood.  While some types of water damage, like a natural flood, will leave obvious …
Michigan Residents Learn of Two Vapor Intrusion Investigations in Grand Rapids
Michigan Residents Learn of Two Vapor Intrusion Investigations in Grand Rapids
7/22/2016 9:43:26 AM
In June, residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been asked to investigate two vapor intrusion sites in their city. At the first location, the EPA is addressing high levels of tetrachloroethylene (PERC) from the site of a former dry cleaning business. At the other location, trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination from …
Property Damage and Indoor Environmental Issues Following a Lightning Strike
Property Damage and Indoor Environmental Issues Following a Lightning Strike
7/21/2016 9:26:08 AM
The summer season includes the most dangerous months for lightning strikes in many parts of North America. In fact, during any second of the day, there may be anywhere from 50 to 100 lightning strikes that occur somewhere on the Earth.  As lightning passes through the air, it can heat it up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is about five times hotter than the surface of …
California Health Officials Announce Elevated Lead Levels in Children Living Near Former Recycling Facility
California Health Officials Announce Elevated Lead Levels in Children Living Near Former Recycling Facility
7/20/2016 10:31:10 AM
Recently, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was asked to conduct a study by the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). For the study, CDPH analyzed blood lead levels in children living near a closed battery recycling plant in Vernon, California. CDPH’s analysis found that blood lead levels …
GreenWood, Inc. Earns Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Certification
GreenWood, Inc. Earns Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Certification
7/19/2016 3:20:19 PM
Greenville, SC - - July 19, 2016 - - GreenWood, Inc., an integrated maintenance, construction and workforce solutions provider, announces their certification as a women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business.  The world-class …
All Three Grand Cayman Fire Stations Battle Mold Issues and IAQ Concerns
All Three Grand Cayman Fire Stations Battle Mold Issues and IAQ Concerns
7/18/2016 3:13:32 PM
Recently, the Cayman Compass published an article about challenges and health concerns at all three fire stations on Grand Cayman. According to the report, the Chief Fire Officer has informed the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee that mold is an issue inside of all of the fire stations on the island.   A high number of sick days have been reported among the fire …
OIGA Conference Gaming Professionals Eager for Access to UVDI’s Air Cleaning Technologies
OIGA Conference Gaming Professionals Eager for Access to UVDI’s Air Cleaning Technologies
7/18/2016 10:01:52 AM
Later this month, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference and Tradeshow is taking place in Tulsa. From July 25th through the 27th, over 2,500 industry professionals devoted to all aspects of the Indian Gaming industry will be in attendance. The 22nd annual event is taking place at the Cox Business Center and will draw gaming professionals from across the …
Arsenic Contaminated Drinking Water for Some Residents of California’s Central Valley
Arsenic Contaminated Drinking Water for Some Residents of California’s Central Valley
7/18/2016 9:26:48 AM
Recently, KPIX 5 broadcasted a report about the Central Valley community of Kettleman City. Residents of the area received deliveries of water from the state each month because their tap water was contaminated with elevated levels of arsenic. According to the news report, the city’s two wells were among the worst for arsenic contamination in the state, but other Central …
Occupational and Residential Methane Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical
Occupational and Residential Methane Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical
7/15/2016 9:58:49 AM
Methane (CH4) is a colorless, odorless and extremely flammable gas that can be explosive when mixed with air. It is a primary component of natural gas and is a major greenhouse gas. It is used to make ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen and methanol. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, human-related sources of methane include emissions from burning fossil fuels …
Teen Emergency Response Team Gets Tarp Donation for Disaster Preparedness
Teen Emergency Response Team Gets Tarp Donation for Disaster Preparedness
7/14/2016 1:55:31 PM
Mid America TEEN CER T program director Mark Rosenblum today acknowledged the donation of heavy duty “triage tarps” designed to help the teen training group organize their response to a major disaster.  Mr. Rosenblum said: “We appreciate the generosity of TarpsNow in donating these color coded tarps.” TarpsNow is a leading online resource for tarps and related …
Beale Touchless Faucet Brings Sleek Style, Advanced Performance to the Kitchen
Beale Touchless Faucet Brings Sleek Style, Advanced Performance to the Kitchen
7/14/2016 9:26:48 AM
Showcasing striking, contemporary design and superb performance, the new Beale high-arc kitchen faucet collection features a Selectronic touchless model offering the unique option of switching to manual operation by simply sliding a movable door to cover the sensor. Delivering effortless wave-on/wave-off functionality, the Selectronic Beale faucet  helps reduce the risk of …
California Homes Tested for the Presence of TCE and PERC
California Homes Tested for the Presence of TCE and PERC
7/14/2016 9:20:38 AM
Recently, the  San Gabriel Valley Tribune  published a report about extensive indoor air testing that is being conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the article, over 100 residential homes, commercial properties and recreational facilities have been tested for chemical contaminants in the El Monte and South El Monte areas. All of the …
EMSL Analytical, Inc. Is the Largest Provider of Legionella Testing in North America with Three NYDOH ELAP Legionella Interim Certified Laboratories
EMSL Analytical, Inc. Is the Largest Provider of Legionella Testing in North America with Three NYDOH ELAP Legionella Interim Certified Laboratories
7/13/2016 9:27:11 AM
As a result of the large Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that occurred in the Bronx during the summer of 2015, New York State and New York City passed regulations for registration of cooling towers and for monitoring those towers for  Legionella . As part of those regulations, New York State Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NYDOH ELAP) is …
Concerns over Asbestos in Floor Tiles
Concerns over Asbestos in Floor Tiles
7/12/2016 9:29:44 AM
Over the last several months a number of schools across Texas have suffered water damage due to a series of torrential downpours that have blanketed the state. A junior high school in Palestine made this list and suffered at least $100,000 in water damage according to a news report from KLTV. The school not only suffered the type of water damage many people think of when …
Colorado Springs Master-Planned Community, Meridian Ranch, Thrives as Denver Home Prices Soar
Colorado Springs Master-Planned Community, Meridian Ranch, Thrives as Denver Home Prices Soar
7/11/2016 5:01:36 PM
With Denver home prices escalating, Northern Colorado Springs master-planned communities are growing in popularity for those commuting to the Denver Tech Center. The Denver Post recently reported that Metro Denver home prices rose 10.2 percent earlier this year, according to the latest update of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Master-planned communities such …
California Residents with Homes Spared by Raging Wildfires May Still Encounter Smoke Damage
California Residents with Homes Spared by Raging Wildfires May Still Encounter Smoke Damage
7/11/2016 8:46:38 AM
In June, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Kern County after a raging wildfire destroyed well over 100 homes, damaged many others and ignited over 35,000 acres. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the area as firefighters battled to try to control the wildfire in hot, dry and windy conditions. California’s multi-year drought has helped …
West Virginia Homes and Businesses Damaged by Historic Summer Deluge
West Virginia Homes and Businesses Damaged by Historic Summer Deluge
7/8/2016 8:43:34 AM
In June, a powerful storm dumped up to 10 inches of rain in parts of West Virginia causing widespread damage and over 20 deaths. The deluge was so extreme the National Weather Service reported that the chance of the area receiving that much rain at once in any given year is just 1 in 1,000. The water damage was so severe that even a historic West Virginia resort was forced …