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Texas Environmental Professionals Help to Prevent Occupational Asthma with Air Testing and Monitoring
Texas Environmental Professionals Help to Prevent Occupational Asthma with Air Testing and Monitoring
7/28/2015 1:57:22 PM
More than 2 million Texans have been diagnosed with asthma. A significant number of these people are in the workforce and suffer from occupational asthma.  Also referred to as work-related asthma, occupational asthma is the most common occupational lung disease in the United States.    Nationwide, OSHA estimates that 11 million workers in a wide range of industries and …
ACAC Hails New Hampshire Mold Law
ACAC Hails New Hampshire Mold Law
7/28/2015 12:00:00 PM
The American Council for Accredited Certification ( ACAC ) applauds the decision of the New Hampshire legislature, which earlier this month passed a law regulating the mold assessment industry.  The law breaks new ground by relying upon professional certifications to validate the expertise of mold assessors throughout the state.    Rather than creating a state licensing …
New Technical Guides Released by EPA to Support Vapor Intrusion Assessments
7/27/2015 5:05:44 PM
In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two new technical guides addressing issues associated with vapor intrusion. Vapor intrusion describes the process by which chemical vapors from contaminated soil or groundwater seep into a building.  These chemicals can cause short or long-term health concerns for building occupants.   The Technical Guide for …
Bank of America Announces Industry-leading $125 Billion Environmental Business Initiative
Bank of America Announces Industry-leading $125 Billion Environmental Business Initiative
7/27/2015 10:58:50 AM
Bank of America has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50 billion to $125 billion in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and developing financing solutions for clients around the world. Today’s announcement will be highlighted at the White House’s American Business Act on …
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. Announces In-House Capability for Selenium Speciation
7/24/2015 2:52:20 PM
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., a leader in laboratory support services to the Utility Sector, announced today the introduction of a unique analytical capability for the determination of selected species of selenium in flue gas desulfurization waters.  The analytical technique couples high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with inductively coupled plasma/mass …
Are Asbestos Hazards Lurking in Your Children’s Toys and Art Supplies?
Are Asbestos Hazards Lurking in Your Children’s Toys and Art Supplies?
7/24/2015 9:41:49 AM
In early July, the public learned the results of a study commissioned by the EWG Action Fund which examined materials found in some children’s products.   According to the report, 4 of 28 boxes of imported crayons and 2 of 21 toy crime lab kits were found to contain asbestos.    This is not the first time dangers hidden in children’s products, and especially crayons, have …
New Traffic Safety Website Delivers Faster Quotes; Easier Navigation
New Traffic Safety Website Delivers Faster Quotes; Easier Navigation
7/22/2015 9:43:37 AM
South Bend, IN - SC Supply Compan y, a certified woman owned business based in South Bend, Indiana, today announced the launch of the company’s newest website incorporating improved navigation tools and a new My Quotes system to streamline the process of providing comprehensive quotes that include all shipping details. The new site is now live at …
Occupational Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention Efforts Can Protect Millions of Workers
Occupational Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention Efforts Can Protect Millions of Workers
7/20/2015 12:29:15 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. The agency reports that approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work and an additional 9 million are exposed to chemicals that are toxic to the ear. The Occupational Safety …
As Climate Warms Hawaiian Forest Birds Lose More Ground to Mosquitoes
As Climate Warms Hawaiian Forest Birds Lose More Ground to Mosquitoes
7/19/2015 3:04:42 PM
Hawai‘i, the name alone elicits images of rhythmic traditional dancing, breathtaking azure sea coasts and scenes of vibrant birds flitting through lush jungle canopy. Unfortunately, the future of many native Hawaiian birds looks grim as diseases carried by mosquitoes are due to expand into higher elevation safe zones. A new study published in Global Change Biology , by …
NASA’s New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto’s ‘Heart’
NASA’s New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto’s ‘Heart’
7/18/2015 2:15:03 PM
In the latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes. This frozen region is north of Pluto’s icy mountains, in the center-left of the heart feature, informally named “Tombaugh Regio” (Tombaugh Region) …
Heat Alert declared for Toronto
Heat Alert declared for Toronto
7/18/2015 1:52:12 PM
Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued a Heat Alert for Toronto today. The Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice. During a Heat Alert, the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from …
BMW Group supports a paradigm shift to cities based around people rather than cars
BMW Group supports a paradigm shift to cities based around people rather than cars
7/17/2015 12:29:29 PM
Electric car sharing represents an important pillar of the BMW Group’s efforts to help create a sustainable model for urban mobility, reduce traffic volumes and improve the quality of life in cities. In order to bring this goal within reach through partnership with cities, the BMW Group set up a Centre of Urban Mobility Competence in early 2015. The team of experts brought …
New Website Highlights North Central Indiana Segment of American Discovery Trail
New Website Highlights North Central Indiana Segment of American Discovery Trail
7/16/2015 12:11:36 PM
The principals of the Prairie Trails Club, Inc ., today announced the re-launch of their official website promoting the use and upkeep of the North Judson Erie Trail , as well as surrounding attractions.   Bruce Fingerhut , a spokesperson for the club said, “The re-launch of our website marks an important milestone for our organization in bringing new functionality, …
TestAmerica to Present the National Environmental Monitoring Conference
7/15/2015 2:03:34 PM
The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) will be held July 13-17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  NEMC provides the principal forum for addressing policy and technical issues affecting monitoring in all environmental media (i.e., water, air, soil, and waste) and across all environmental programs.  The technical program is organized by a committee of environmental …
Second Look Flood Announces Updated Flood Maps in Massachusetts
Second Look Flood Announces Updated Flood Maps in Massachusetts
7/14/2015 8:58:40 PM
While floods can leave widespread damage, there’s no doubt knowing the risk offers many people a chance to prepare their homes and minimize the potential impact.  This knowledge, which can be incredibly valuable, is also now available in a reliable and affordable way.   Second Look Flood , a company who studies FEMA information and produces reports showing what properties …
Are Students Facing Lead Exposure Risks at California University?
7/14/2015 4:25:43 PM
Last month, The Stanford Daily published a report about lead-based paints at housing for students attending Stanford University.  According to the article, a graduate student living at one of the university residences spent several years trying to get the university to prevent renovation activities from exposing people at student housing from lead hazards.    The article …
ABIH® LinkedIn Group Celebrates 725+ Members & Growing
ABIH® LinkedIn Group Celebrates 725+ Members & Growing
7/13/2015 7:20:53 PM
Earlier this month, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene’s LinkedIn group reached a new milestone with its 725th member.  The LinkedIn group, launched in late 2012, has been growing at a steady rate as more Certified Industrial Hygienists and the greater industrial hygiene community turn to social media for news, updates and information.     Social media has become a …
EPA Removes Tons of Contaminated Soil from Grants, NM, Area Residences
EPA Removes Tons of Contaminated Soil from Grants, NM, Area Residences
7/10/2015 5:31:06 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently completed the removal of thousands of tons of contaminated soil from eight residential properties near San Mateo, NM, known as the Crossroads area. The properties are part of the Grants Mining District Superfund site, an area of legacy contamination associated with uranium mining operations. “It is important that we …
Lead Paint Issue at Daycare Center Has Parents Concerned
Lead Paint Issue at Daycare Center Has Parents Concerned
7/9/2015 5:22:43 PM
Last month, the Gaston Gazette published a story about a daycare center in North Carolina that may have exposed children to lead.  According to the article, paints chips from an awning were deposited onto the ground when it was pressure washed.  Testing later found that the paint had elevated lead levels.   Children playing in areas with lead-based paint chips or …
Moisture and Dry Rot Implicated in Fatal Balcony Collapse in Berkeley
7/8/2015 2:07:19 PM
Last month, six people tragically lost their lives when a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California.  The apartment building where the event occurred was less than ten years old, but initial reports from inspectors form the Berkeley Building and Safety Division indicate the balcony’s severed joists appear to have suffered from decay and dry rot.    Dry rot is caused by fungi …