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Los Angeles Area Homes near Contaminated Groundwater Plume Monitored for Vapor Intrusion Hazards
4/24/2015 4:24:39 PM
Last month, the Los Angeles Times published an article about homes located near several South Bay Superfund sites.  The neighborhoods were built around past industrial plants, a synthetic rubber factory and other former industrial sites that produced DDT, which is a pesticide that is now banned.   These industrial plants are blamed for dumping hazardous chemicals, such as …
The Weather Channel Debuts New App For Apple Watch
4/24/2015 12:59:39 PM
The Weather Channel® today announced the launch of The Weather Channel app for Apple Watch. Designed with a new set of graphics suited for the smaller screen and functionality of the Apple Watch, the new app, now available in the App Store , provides users with current conditions, precise forecasts and weather alerts directly on the Watch screen. Never Be Surprised by the …
Tar Sands Resistance March comes to Twin Cities
4/24/2015 8:33:43 AM
WHAT:  The Tar Sands Resistance March WHEN:  Saturday, June 6, from noon to 4 p.m. WHERE:  State Capitol Lawn, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN [ Map ] Organized by many of the same people who staged last year’s People’s Climate March in New York City that drew upwards of 400,000 people to the streets of Manhattan, the Tar Sands …
Air Quality Issues & Health Concerns Resulting from Demolition Projects
4/23/2015 1:58:23 PM
When a home or building has outgrown its useful life, has been destroyed in a natural disaster or needs to make way for new construction, it is often slated for demolition.  Each year, thousands of buildings are torn down resulting in millions of tons of demolition waste.    Much of this waste is inert or nonhazardous, but other debris may contain hazardous materials that …
Lower Mississippi Valley Group Afforestation Project
4/23/2015 1:46:05 PM
With only isolated patches remaining of what was once North America’s largest expanse of floodplain forest, the Lower Mississippi Valley offers fertile ground for a series of tree-planting projects that will capture carbon dioxide while restoring forests in this massive river basin. The Lower Mississippi Valley Grouped Afforestation Project (LMVGAP) is projected to sequester …
New Study Examines Increasing Demand for Eco-Friendly Homes in D.C. Market
4/23/2015 9:44:00 AM
A new study, produced by the first ever public-private partnership on real estate and green homes, revealed that real estate listings which highlight eco-friendly, high-performance home (HPH) features perform above average in the Washington, D.C. market. To better address consumer expectations for more information regarding a property’s energy efficiency, MRIS, the …
Oakland Building Fire Causes Smoke & Water Damage to Multipurpose Structure
4/22/2015 4:39:12 PM
Last month, KRON 4 published a report about a two-alarm fire at a building in Oakland.  Although a dozen of people were displaced, firefighters were able to contain the fire to a single apartment.  Several other apartments sustained heavy smoke damage and a business on the ground level reportedly suffered water damage from the fire suppression efforts.    Depending on the …
Citizens Storm Jefferson City on Earth Day to Demand Clean Air and Clean Jobs
4/22/2015 3:55:03 PM
Advocates from across Missouri rallied in the Jefferson City Capitol Rotunda today to urge public officials to take action on climate disruption by growing the state’s clean energy economy. The rally also served as the official launch of the Missouri Clean Energy Coalition, which will aim to build smart policies to cut carbon pollution and prioritize the growth of local …
PERC Exposure Risks Due to Vapor Intrusion & Other Causes Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
4/21/2015 5:05:53 PM
Tetrachloroethylene, also commonly referred to as PERC, is a manufactured colorless liquid chemical that has been used widely for dry cleaning, as a chemical intermediate, metal degreaser and as a component of some consumer products.  Exposure to PERC can occur in some home and work environments due to the use of the chemical or from air, water, groundwater and soils that have …
ABIH® Board Nomination Deadline for Director Positions Takes Place in Less than 2 Months
ABIH® Board Nomination Deadline for Director Positions Takes Place in Less than 2 Months
4/20/2015 9:17:14 PM
The due date for self-nominations for several Board of Director positions at the American Board of Industrial Hygiene® is less than two months away.  Interested and qualified candidates have until June 15 to submit their official Nomination Packet.   Once received, the Board Selection Committee will review all candidates who have successfully submitted their information for …
California Parents Concerned about Health Issues at Child Care Facilities
California Parents Concerned about Health Issues at Child Care Facilities
4/20/2015 3:09:16 PM
Last month, the Santa Cruz Sentinel published a story about daycare centers, preschools and concerns over the possible spread of infections.  The article discussed low vaccination rates of young children in Santa Clara County and across California and how this could result in health issues along with the spread of infections.   In addition to issues associated with parents …
Texas Parents Turn to IEC for Healthy Indoor Environments for their Children
Texas Parents Turn to IEC for Healthy Indoor Environments for their Children
4/20/2015 12:57:51 PM
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, nearly 400,000 babies are born in the state each year.  For the soon-to-be parents of these newborns, one of the primary tasks they need to accomplish before the birth of their child is getting the nursery ready for the new edition to the family.    As parents shop for baby clothes, furniture and accessories, and …
I’ll Drink to That! New AMERIPEN Brochure Describes the Benefits of Beverage Packaging
4/20/2015 12:10:45 PM
Americans each drink about 175 gallons of beverages a year, much of which is delivered in plastic jugs; aluminum and steel cans; glass bottles; gable top and aseptic cartons; and flexible pouches. Each of these containers is designed for a specific usage occasion, whether for multiple servings at home or individual servings on the go. As Frank Lloyd Wright would have said, …
Caribbean Vacationers Exposed to Pesticide Banned for Indoor Use
Caribbean Vacationers Exposed to Pesticide Banned for Indoor Use
4/20/2015 10:44:51 AM
Recently, a family from Delaware traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands on vacation.  Unknown to the family, the resort where the family stayed had recently been treated for pests with an agricultural pesticide that has been banned for use indoors.  Upon arriving at the resort, the family became ill and was rushed to a nearby hospital after some family members suffered seizures.  …
Indoor Allergens & Pollutants that Aggravate COPD Conditions Identified by EMSL
4/16/2015 5:08:11 PM
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute reports that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 120,000 American lives each year. More than 12 million have been diagnosed with the condition, but another 12 million are likely to have COPD and don’t know it yet.   COPD refers to a group of …
USDA Announces Record Number of Organic Producers in U.S.
4/16/2015 11:23:55 AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the organic industry continues to show remarkable growth domestically and globally, with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world. According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program …
Ericsson supports Solar Team Eindhoven in World Solar Challenge
Ericsson supports Solar Team Eindhoven in World Solar Challenge
4/16/2015 11:18:44 AM
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced a development partnership with Solar Team Eindhoven - a multidisciplinary team of 21 students from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Solar Team Eindhoven won the inaugural Cruiser Class of the World Solar Challenge in 2013 - a 3,000 km race from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia - and will aim to retain its title in …
Recycling Plant in Vernon to Close & Will Pay $50 Million to Remove Hazardous Waste
4/15/2015 11:10:22 AM
In March, Los Angeles’ NBC Channel 4 broadcasted a report about a deal reached between executives from a lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Under the non-prosecution agreement, the decades-old plant located in a heavily populated area will cease operations and pay $50 million to clean up the facility and neighboring …
TestAmerica Opens New Service Center in Cambridge, Ohio
4/15/2015 10:48:41 AM
In response to the continued growth and success in the Southeast Ohio region, TestAmerica, the leading provider of environmental testing services, has opened a new Service Center facility. With convenient access to major Interstate highways 70 and 77, TestAmerica clients in the Cambridge, OH area will be able to benefit from local customer service personnel who can provide …
Siemens receives order for Grand Bend Wind Farm in Canada
Siemens receives order for Grand Bend Wind Farm in Canada
4/15/2015 9:44:57 AM
Siemens has received an order for the supply, installation and commissioning of 40 SWT-3.2-113 direct drive wind turbines. Customer is Grand Bend Wind Limited Partnership, a partnership between Northland Power Inc., a Canadian independent power producer based in Toronto, and two local First Nations, the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First …