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$50 Million Claim for Mold-Related Illnesses at California Board of Equalization
$50 Million Claim for Mold-Related Illnesses at California Board of Equalization
8/20/2014 9:21:44 AM
Last month, the Sacramento Business Journal published a report about the ongoing problems at the building that houses the California Board of Equalization (BOE).  According to the article, a new claim was recently filed on behalf of employees whose alleged health problems were due to mold at the BOE headquarters.  A previous lawsuit concerning similar issues was settled in …
Respirable Particulates, Airborne Contaminants & Lung Cancer Risks
Respirable Particulates, Airborne Contaminants & Lung Cancer Risks
8/19/2014 4:25:10 PM
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and to avoid secondhand smoke. The second leading cause of lung …
FleetMind and LTS Scale Company to showcase latest Fleet and Weight Management Technologies for “Pay-As-You-Throw” at WASTECON® 2014
FleetMind and LTS Scale Company to showcase latest Fleet and Weight Management Technologies for “Pay-As-You-Throw” at WASTECON® 2014
8/19/2014 6:00:00 AM
DALLAS, TEXAS – August 19, 2014 - FleetMind Solutions, Inc. and LTS Scale Company will join forces at WASTECON® 2014 in Dallas, TX, August 26-28, to showcase the latest in waste fleet and weight management technologies for municipal waste organizations. Organized by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), WASTECON® is the nation’s premier event for municipal …
Indoor Air Quality Issues Face Some Returning Students and Faculty
Indoor Air Quality Issues Face Some Returning Students and Faculty
8/18/2014 5:20:07 PM
Earlier this month, The Olympian reported that a high school in Tumwater, Washington was working to remove mold and make repairs before the students begin the new school year next month. Stories like this are common across many school districts as they use the summer months to perform repairs, preventive maintenance work and to complete construction projects. Schools that …
The National Academies Confirm Formaldehyde as a Known Human Carcinogen
The National Academies Confirm Formaldehyde as a Known Human Carcinogen
8/18/2014 3:41:29 PM
Earlier this month, the National Research Council, a part of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, issued its assessment of formaldehyde’s ability to cause cancer.  In the report, the council upheld the listing of formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen” from the National Toxicology Program’s 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC). The …
Could Your Respiratory Ailments be the Result of the Air You Breathe at Work?
Could Your Respiratory Ailments be the Result of the Air You Breathe at Work?
8/18/2014 11:33:19 AM
Last month, NBC published a report about workers from an Alabama manufacturing plant that suffer from respiratory conditions ranging from asthma to bronchitis.  According to the article, the plant makes foam cushions for a large foreign car manufacturer and workers believe exposure to isocyanates could be the culprit for their conditions. Toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a type …
Navistar Now Offering Allison Fuel-Efficiency Package On Medium-Duty And Vocational Trucks
8/18/2014 11:20:32 AM
Navistar, Inc. today announced it is offering the Allison Transmission FuelSense® fuel-efficiency package on its medium-duty and vocational International® truck models. FuelSense, available in Allison’s 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 series transmissions, automatically adapts shift schedules and torque, maximizing transmission efficiency based on load, grade and duty cycle, without …
Curing compound from BASF protects concrete against drying cracks during hot summer temperatures
8/18/2014 11:00:52 AM
Summertime construction can be treacherous: With regard to concrete floors, this is particularly true for the phase between pouring and subsequent surface smoothing, known as floating or power troweling. Even at environmental temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius, 50% relative humidity and wind velocities of 20 kilometers per hour, fresh concrete loses about 0.6 kilogram water …
New Climate Research Raises Questions for Tongass Salmon
8/17/2014 11:10:17 PM
The 17,000 miles of salmon streams in the Tongass rainforest of Southeast Alaska produce a third of the state’s salmon harvest, making it one of the planet’s most productive wild salmon hotspots. The region’s salmon output depends on a perfect mix of healthy streams, forests and estuaries, but new climate change research suggests the productivity of these salmon streams could …
New Flood Maps in Broward County Florida
New Flood Maps in Broward County Florida
8/17/2014 4:42:56 PM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been working with county and municipal governments over the last several years to incorporate the best available data into new flood maps. Many property owners will be delighted: About 60 percent of the parcels in a flood zone — about 266,000 — were moved from a FEMA high-risk flood zone to a moderate or low-risk flood …
"Your State Parks Day" is September 27
8/16/2014 10:11:24 AM
Free admission, dozens of volunteer projects and family-friendly events await Georgia State Park and Historic Site visitors on “Your State Parks Day” set for Saturday, September 27. Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, the nonprofit dedicating to preserving and enhancing the state’s natural treasures, “Your State Parks Day” is Georgia’s annual …
City of Toronto recognized for environmental achievement
8/15/2014 12:48:57 PM
At the August 15 meeting of the Parks and Environment Committee, Clean Air Partnership recognized the City of Toronto for its progress on meeting its commitments as part of the GTA Clean Air Council 2012-14 Inter-Governmental Declaration on Clean Air and Climate Change. Toronto is the only municipality in the Council that has achieved all of the targets associated with the …
TestAmerica Names Harry Behzadi as Vice President Operations
8/14/2014 1:23:54 PM
TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, announced today that Harry Behzadi, Ph.D., has been appointed as Vice President Operations. As of August 13, Dr. Behzadi will oversee lab operations for the western region of TestAmerica, reporting to Scott Morris, Executive Vice President Operations. “Harry is an expert with deep history in the environmental testing …
California Wildfires Cause Governor to Declare an Emergency
California Wildfires Cause Governor to Declare an Emergency
8/14/2014 12:31:36 PM
Earlier this month, wildfires raging across drought-ridden California caused Governor Jerry Brown to declare a State of Emergency. Parched conditions and high temperatures have made fighting these fires a challenge.  The wildfires have already resulted in numerous mandatory evacuations and have destroyed or damaged a number of homes and businesses. When evacuated property …
The Nature Conservancy in Florida Names Temperince Morgan as Executive Director
8/14/2014 10:19:44 AM
The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce Temperince Morgan as the new executive director in Florida. A Florida native, Morgan is a scientist by training and has spent the last 17 years working on conservation and water issues in Florida, most recently as the division director for Everglades policy for the South Florida Water Management District. Morgan will oversee all …
Waterborne Amoeba Takes the Life of Kansas Girl
Waterborne Amoeba Takes the Life of Kansas Girl
8/14/2014 10:10:46 AM
Last month, ABC News reported that Kansas health officials were urging caution for people entering warm freshwater after a 9-year-old girl became the latest victim of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). PAM is caused by Naegleria fowleri, commonly referred to as the brain-eating amoeba.  The amoeba infects people when water containing the organism enters the body …
TestAmerica Names Amy Whittier as Senior Director of Marketing
8/12/2014 10:19:59 AM
TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, announced today that Amy Whittier has been appointed to lead a newly restructured marketing team. Effective August 1, Ms. Whittier became responsible for all marketing activities, reporting to Jim Ford, Executive Vice President. “Amy brings a wealth of experience in the environmental testing market as well as extensive …
San Diego Petitions to Use DNA-Based Testing for Sewage Contamination in Recreational Water
San Diego Petitions to Use DNA-Based Testing for Sewage Contamination in Recreational Water
8/11/2014 3:23:40 PM
San Diego’s environmental and civic leaders are urging passage of legislation that will allow the use of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for water quality testing at its beaches. PCR identifies the genetic material of microorganisms, and rapidly detects bacteria and viruses found in sewage contamination. Results can be evaluated in as little as 4 hours allowing for rapid …
Schools in Puerto Rico Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Healthy Indoor Environments
Schools in Puerto Rico Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Healthy Indoor Environments
8/11/2014 9:39:27 AM
Students and teachers across Puerto Rico are getting ready to start the new school year.  In many school districts, the summer months have been spent performing repairs, renovations and preventive maintenance activities.   These activities can either improve the indoor environmental quality or make matters worse if they have not been performed correctly.  Schools with water …
Naturally-Occurring Asbestos Found in Most California Counties
Naturally-Occurring Asbestos Found in Most California Counties
8/7/2014 9:38:37 AM
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), naturally-occurring asbestos can be found in 42 of California’s 58 counties. The agency reports that naturally-occurring asbestos can be found most abundantly in and around Humboldt County, in areas of San Benito and Monterey Counties, and in western El Dorado County. The term “naturally-occurring asbestos” refers …