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Roan McRae Joins the TestAmerica Sales Team
8/30/2016 11:26:23 AM
TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, announced this week that Roan McRae has joined the company.  Based in the metro Los Angeles area, Roan will direct all business development activities for TestAmerica in California and the Southwest region.  Roan is returning to TestAmerica after eight years in the environmental engineering and consulting sector where he held …
Things to Know About Mold at Home, Work or School
Things to Know About Mold at Home, Work or School
8/30/2016 9:24:00 AM
This summer, a Pennsylvania company agreed to pay over $100,000 for wrongfully firing an employee who complained about the presence of mold at the plant they worked in. The worker had first brought concerns about mold exposure to their employer and then to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Workers are not the only ones who have become increasingly …
Freon Prices Are Only Going to Go Up
8/30/2016 12:34:17 AM
A frequent complaint, “My air conditioning contractor just charged me $100 or $175 or more per pound for R-22 refrigerant. This is way more then I paid five years ago. Is this a fair price these days?” Prices for R-22 refrigerant, also known as “Freon,” have risen over the past few years. About 25 years ago, the EPA ordered the phasing out of R-22 as part of the …
Zimmetry Environmental Shares the EPA’s 10 Things to Know about Mold with Residents of Puerto Rico
Zimmetry Environmental Shares the EPA’s 10 Things to Know about Mold with Residents of Puerto Rico
8/29/2016 6:20:03 PM
There can be mold contamination issues almost anywhere that people live and work, but this is especially true in places with tropical climates that are subject to elevated humidity levels, hurricanes and tropical storms. Fortunately, today most people recognize that living, working or going to school in an environment with elevated mold levels can impact their health. The …
Identifying Exposure Concerns to Asphalt Fumes
Identifying Exposure Concerns to Asphalt Fumes
8/29/2016 9:22:45 AM
Asphalt, 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 aggregate particles. It is also commonly used to seal flat roofs and in waterproofing products, such as roof felt and shingles. According to the U.S. …
Air Quality a Crucial Issue for New York Students Returning to Classrooms
Air Quality a Crucial Issue for New York Students Returning to Classrooms
8/29/2016 8:51:27 AM
Next week, New York City public schools open their doors for the 2016-2017 school year. The New York City Department of Education is the largest school district in the country, serving approximately 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools.  Similar situations are occurring in school districts across the state of New York and the tri-state area as classes begin to fill with …
Mold and Other Contaminants are Common Finds During Louisiana Cleanup and Rebuilding Efforts
Mold and Other Contaminants are Common Finds During Louisiana Cleanup and Rebuilding Efforts
8/26/2016 12:09:17 PM
According to Louisiana’s Governor, John Bel Edwards, at least 40,000 homes and businesses were damaged by the historic floods that hit the state earlier this month. The damage and destruction were the result of two feet of rain that fell in just a two-day period. Twenty of the state’s parishes have been included in a federal disaster declaration and approximately 60,000 …
IBM Research Opens in South Africa; Cognitive Computing and the IoT help Track Diseases and Forecast Air Quality
IBM Research Opens in South Africa; Cognitive Computing and the IoT help Track Diseases and Forecast Air Quality
8/26/2016 9:39:08 AM
IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) opened its second research location on the African continent and announced several new project collaborations in the areas of data driven healthcare, digital urban ecosystems and astronomy. IBM researchers in South Africa with backgrounds in machine learning, mathematics, computer science, robotics, genomics and computational biology, are exploring …
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 …