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San Jose Apartment Fire Displaces Dozens of Residents and Raises IAQ Concerns
San Jose Apartment Fire Displaces Dozens of Residents and Raises IAQ Concerns
8/25/2016 8:44:42 AM
Last month, a fire in a 12-story apartment tower in San Jose displaced dozens of residents. The fire reportedly began in a faulty ceiling light in the ninth floor elevator lobby. Although the flames were quickly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system and the efforts of firefighters, water damage has been reported from the ninth floor all the way down to the …
Global Wildlife Whistleblower Rewards Introduced at IUCN World Conservation Congress
Global Wildlife Whistleblower Rewards Introduced at IUCN World Conservation Congress
8/24/2016 1:09:19 PM
The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is attending the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, advocating for the payment of large monetary rewards, worldwide, to whistleblowers who disclose illegal wildlife trafficking and violations of other key anticorruption laws.  The Lacey Act, Endangered Species Act, as well as over 40 other U.S. environmental laws allow …
California Parents Warned of Children’s Water Bottle Recall Due to Lead Concerns
California Parents Warned of Children’s Water Bottle Recall Due to Lead Concerns
8/24/2016 9:07:49 AM
In July, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted information about a product recall of insulated water bottles marketed to children. Thousands of the 13.5 ounce water bottles were reportedly sold between July of 2015 and May of this year. The bottles were available from one of the nation’s oldest outdoor apparel and supply companies via their retail stores, …
Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Asphalt Fumes
Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Asphalt Fumes
8/23/2016 2:40:42 PM
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt. Asphalt as it known in the United States, or bitumen, as it is called in many other parts of the world, is found in natural deposits or can be obtained by refining crude oil. The primary use of asphalt is for road construction where it is mixed with …
Baton Rouge Testing Lab Offers PCR Based Sewage Contamination for Recent Flooding
Baton Rouge Testing Lab Offers PCR Based Sewage Contamination for Recent Flooding
8/23/2016 9:46:52 AM
Earlier in August, large amounts of rainfall across Louisiana led to flooding across the state. In additional to property damage and mold growth, residents in the flooded areas should be aware of potential sewage contamination. Environmental sewage contamination can affect drinking water and food supplies. “Residents affected by the recent flooding should be aware of the …
OMPUREAIR Launches Efficient and Stylish Organic Anti-Pollution Mask
OMPUREAIR Launches Efficient and Stylish Organic Anti-Pollution Mask
8/22/2016 10:17:07 PM
OMPUREAIR introduces a collection of highly efficient and stylish organic face mask that will enable the urban citizen to fight the threats from air pollution. As per a recent research conducted by WHO, the level of air pollution in the urban areas has reached a limit that is detrimental to human health. This statement holds true from a global perspective. Consequently, it …
India’s Largest Sustainability Leadership Search Begins
India’s Largest Sustainability Leadership Search Begins
8/22/2016 9:34:29 AM
Sustainability Outlook has unveiled the 6th edition of Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Awards ( www.ParivartanAwards.in ).  The awards are India’s biggest sustainability awards and cover enterprises, innovators and business leaders. Over five editions, Parivartan Awards have uncovered more than 300 path breaking sustainability innovations from Indian …
New EPA Formaldehyde Rule and Mitigating Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico
New EPA Formaldehyde Rule and Mitigating Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico
8/22/2016 8:51:42 AM
In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde off-gassing from certain wood products. These products include hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.   Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used by industry to manufacture …
New York’s IEQ Experts Provide Advice for Coastal Property Managers and Owners
New York’s IEQ Experts Provide Advice for Coastal Property Managers and Owners
8/22/2016 8:43:58 AM
Some of the nation’s most expensive coastal real estate can be found from Cape May in New Jersey to Long Island’s Gold Coast and up to Newport, Rhode Island. Thousands of multimillion dollar coastal homes are situated on this exclusive stretch of beachfront property.   Having a full time or vacation home on the coast is a dream come true for many people. An oceanfront or …
EMSL’s Three Lab Locations Equipped and Staffed to Handle Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Samples
EMSL’s Three Lab Locations Equipped and Staffed to Handle Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Samples
8/22/2016 8:41:47 AM
Last year, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reported that over 5,000 drinking water systems in the United States violated the federal law for lead levels in water supplies. After 1,110 community water systems were analyzed, it was revealed that over 10% of the homes tested had lead levels of 15 parts per billion (ppb), which is over the action level established by …
New 1-800-BOARDUP Franchise opens its doors
New 1-800-BOARDUP Franchise opens its doors
8/22/2016 6:00:00 AM
1-800-BOARDUP has announced a new franchise location in Southwest Riverside County. This nationwide franchise company specializes in emergency response services for disasters such as fire, floods, etc… Their services include, but are not limited to: [*]Structural Board-ups [*]Structural stabilization [*]Temporary fencing [*]Emergency heat & air …
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation Announce additional $1 million toward Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation Announce additional $1 million toward Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts
8/20/2016 9:14:15 AM
Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin announced via Twitter that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing an additional $1 million to Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and other organizations making a difference on the ground in Baton Rouge and across the state of Louisiana. Earlier this week Walmart and the Walmart Foundation …
Flood Damage Cleanup Begins in Baton Rouge, Testing Lab Provides Mold Testing
Flood Damage Cleanup Begins in Baton Rouge, Testing Lab Provides Mold Testing
8/19/2016 11:51:20 AM
In August, large rain storms across Louisiana caused flooding across the state. Record river levels forced thousands to evacuate from their homes. As residents are allowed to access their homes again, many are assessing damage caused by the flooding. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and mold. Property …
California Residents Warned of Sewage Contamination at Popular Beaches
California Residents Warned of Sewage Contamination at Popular Beaches
8/19/2016 7:58:32 AM
In July, health authorities had to close sections of Long Beach and Seal Beach after a massive raw sewage spill miles away raised concerns that the water had been contaminated. Warning signs were posted and visitors were told by lifeguards that the beaches were closed for several days. According to Fox News, 2.4 million gallons of sewage covered streets and entered storm …
Beach Homes Require Additional Maintenance to Prevent IEQ Problems
Beach Homes Require Additional Maintenance to Prevent IEQ Problems
8/18/2016 8:14:56 AM
Owning a full-time or vacation home on the coast is a dream come true for many people. Oceanfront and nearby coastal homes can also provide lucrative rental income for property owners. However, these properties come with unique exposure risks and typically require additional preventive maintenance to protect the owner’s investment and even the indoor environmental quality …
Colorado Digital Learning Solutions Selects Marine Science 101
8/17/2016 11:45:13 AM
DENVER — Aug. 17, 2016 — Ocean First Education today announced that Colorado Digital Learning Solutions (CDLS) will offer Marine Science 101 through its supplemental online course network, serving over 50 school districts around the state.   The course will be offered to students beginning in January, following training of an online instructor this fall.   “One of our …
EPA Announces Finalized Rule to Reduce Exposure to Formaldehyde Off-Gassing from Wood Products
EPA Announces Finalized Rule to Reduce Exposure to Formaldehyde Off-Gassing from Wood Products
8/17/2016 10:16:59 AM
In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. In 2010, the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Act established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products and directed the EPA to …
Historic Flooding Causes Widespread Property Damage and IAQ Concerns in Maryland
Historic Flooding Causes Widespread Property Damage and IAQ Concerns in Maryland
8/17/2016 8:15:51 AM
Late July brought devastating flooding to Ellicott, Maryland that took the lives of two people and severely damaged a number of buildings. The tragedy occurred after approximately six inches of rain fell in the area in just two hours.  The flood waters hit the historic downtown business area particularly hard. Basements and the first floors of a number of businesses and …
FleetMind to Speak at WasteCon on Implementing Smart Fleet Systems for Optimal Adoption and Results
FleetMind to Speak at WasteCon on Implementing Smart Fleet Systems for Optimal Adoption and Results
8/17/2016 7:00:00 AM
MONTREAL, CANADA – August 17, 2016 - FleetMind Solutions, Inc., the award-winning technology leader for “smart truck” solutions, today announced that its Vice-President of Sales, Don Diego Padilla, will be speaking as part of the WasteCon 2016 conference with a presentation entitled: “Implementing a Smart Fleet System for Optimal Adoption and Results”.   Date: …
Aspergillosis and Identifying Environments with Pathogenic Fungi
Aspergillosis and Identifying Environments with Pathogenic Fungi
8/16/2016 10:00:04 AM
In June of this year, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of aspergillosis. The guidelines appeared in the journal  Clinical Infectious Diseases  and addressed allergic, chronic pulmonary and invasive aspergillosis. Aspergillosis can be a life-threatening condition, but the Centers for Disease …