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Berkley Fire Displaces Apartment Residents Leaving Behind Smoke and Water Damage
Berkley Fire Displaces Apartment Residents Leaving Behind Smoke and Water Damage
5/26/2016 9:34:40 AM
Earlier in May, a fire at an apartment complex in Berkley displaced dozens of residents according to  The Daily Californian . Their report states that the fire likely began because of electrical issues in the ceiling between two units. The heat from the fire melted the soldering on a water pipe that then ruptured helping to minimize damage from the flames. Although only …
New York’s Attorney General Announces Lead Found in Children’s Toys at Major Retailers
New York’s Attorney General Announces Lead Found in Children’s Toys at Major Retailers
5/25/2016 9:05:33 AM
In April, the office of the Attorney General of New York reported that they have discovered children’s toys being sold to residents that contained high levels of lead. The toys, jewelry-making kits made overseas, were supplied by a New Jersey company. The items were discovered for sale at three major retailers and one of the nation’s largest online retailers. Attorney …
Are Coffee Workers Across the Country at Risk for Lung Disease?
Are Coffee Workers Across the Country at Risk for Lung Disease?
5/24/2016 10:30:08 AM
Earlier this year, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published the science blog,  Coffee Workers at Risk for Lung Disease . It discusses diacetyl and a diacetyl substitute (2,3-pentanedione) which are both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are produced naturally and commercially. According to the NIOSH science blog, diacetyl and …
Companies in Puerto Rico Learn the Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring
Companies in Puerto Rico Learn the Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring
5/24/2016 10:26:51 AM
Many industries in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean are required to install and maintain eyewash stations for their employees’ wellbeing. These eyewash stations are an important component of the occupational health and safety of workers and can be instrumental for mitigating eye injuries.   The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that …
Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Lead in New York City and the Tri-State Area
Identifying Occupational Exposure Risks to Lead in New York City and the Tri-State Area
5/23/2016 10:43:00 AM
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), while many people worry about lead in their homes or in the environment, for some, the workplace may offer the greatest potential for exposure.   Lead is a toxic heavy metal that is often combined with other metals to produce alloys. Lead and lead alloys are used to make batteries, ammunition, …
Coffee Workers and Lung Disease Concerns due to Diacetyl Exposure
Coffee Workers and Lung Disease Concerns due to Diacetyl Exposure
5/23/2016 10:27:31 AM
In April, National Public Radio published a report about coffee workers involved with roasting activities and exposure concerns from a chemical known as diacetyl. Diacetyl is a natural by-product of the coffee bean roasting process and is also a man-made chemical that is added to some flavored coffees, microwave popcorn and other food products.   The National Institute for …
Enormous Alberta Wildfire Causes Smoke Damage to Properties Not Touched by Flames
Enormous Alberta Wildfire Causes Smoke Damage to Properties Not Touched by Flames
5/23/2016 9:37:34 AM
The massive wildfire that blazed across Alberta has torched hundreds of thousands of acres and forced the evacuation of over 90,000 area residents. At last count, over 1,600 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the wildfire as hundreds of firefighters battle to contain it. While many homes and buildings have tragically already been lost to the fire, many more have …
Construction Mishap Floods a Dozen Homes with Raw Sewage
Construction Mishap Floods a Dozen Homes with Raw Sewage
5/20/2016 2:21:10 PM
Recently, the  Bellevue Leader  published a story about damaged homes in Nebraska. The damage occurred earlier this year when a sewer line was accidently broken by a city contractor.  According to the report, a dozen homes were then flooded with raw sewage. The presence of raw sewage in a home can cause extensive damage and costly repairs. Its presence is not only …
Rs.34,000 Crore Energy Efficiency Investment Opportunity Awaits Indian Industry
5/20/2016 2:10:16 AM
Industrial Energy efficiency is Rs 34,000 crore market with cross sectoral interventions such as Variable Frequency Drives (VFD), Waste Heat Recovery Systems (WHR) accounting for 21% and 24% of the estimated investment potential respectively and key sectoral BATs accounting for 52% according to a detailed bottom-up model created by Sustainability Outlook and AEEE to assess …
Hazardous Lead Levels at Sacramento Gun Range has Residents Concerned
Hazardous Lead Levels at Sacramento Gun Range has Residents Concerned
5/19/2016 9:33:54 AM
In late April, CBS13 broadcasted a report about hazardous levels of lead that caused the temporary closure of an indoor gun range owned by the city of Sacramento. The shooting range was first closed in 2014 when exceptionally high levels of lead were discovered at the indoor facility. A fence has been constructed around the building that is located next to a park and …
SanAir Technologies Starts Major Expansion
5/19/2016 8:20:19 AM
RICHMOND, Va., May 19, 2016 -- SanAir Technologies Laboratory, a national environmental testing and analysis facility based in Powhatan County, announced today a major expansion of its facilities, along with addition of approximately 10 new technical associates.   Build-out for SanAir’s 3,000-square-foot space is underway and is expected to be completed by June 15. …
Phoenix Legionella Testing Laboratory Receives CDC ELITE Certification
Phoenix Legionella Testing Laboratory Receives CDC ELITE Certification
5/18/2016 10:02:42 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Phoenix, Arizona laboratory received CDC ELITE certification for  Legionella  testing. There are now 15 CDC ELITE laboratories in EMSL’s network of labs across North America, which is more than any other laboratory in the United States. “We are very pleased of EMSL Phoenix and our other 14 laboratories for receiving their …
Lesbian Romance Novel Featured at BEA 2016
Lesbian Romance Novel Featured at BEA 2016
5/18/2016 4:54:38 AM
A Gift for Mona is a story of love and perseverance in the midst of intolerance and egotism. Mona Whitcomb is a freelance magazine photographer based in Boston who lives a life of freedom and travels around the world. Mona didn’t have a happy childhood and had a weak sense of belonging with her Japanese-American family. She turned to alcohol and drugs as a way of escape …
Low Levels of Perchlorate in Montgomery County Drinking Water has Residents Concerned
Low Levels of Perchlorate in Montgomery County Drinking Water has Residents Concerned
5/17/2016 2:01:53 PM
Recently, the  Richmond Times-Dispatch  published a report about trace amounts of perchlorate that were found in two public drinking water systems. Both water systems are in Virginia’s Montgomery County. The article also states that Montgomery County is home to a facility that provides propellants used in munitions supplied to the U.S. military. Perchlorate is a chemical …
Dr. Richard Burrows of TestAmerica to Receive the NEMC 2016 Dr. Charlie W. Carter Award
5/17/2016 9:00:00 AM
Dr. Charles (Charlie) William Carter dedicated over 30 years to the environmental laboratory business and community. Considered a highly respected environmental testing genius, he was brilliant and had relentless energy, work ethic, and passion for advancing the environmental testing industry by providing critical scientific expertise and support. Charlie was deeply involved …
TestAmerica Announces Webinar on Laboratory Data Delivery
5/16/2016 1:07:41 PM
TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, announces the final installment of its four part webinar series on the topic of data quality and efficiency in laboratory projects.  The webinar, entitled So Many Choices in Data Delivery, So Little Time, will be presented live on Tuesday, May 17 at 1:30 P.M. EST.   TestAmerica produces industry leading reports featuring …
Pittsburgh Asbestos Testing Lab Receives NVLAP Accreditation
Pittsburgh Asbestos Testing Lab Receives NVLAP Accreditation
5/16/2016 12:26:51 PM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Pittsburgh laboratory has been accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for air and bulk asbestos fiber analysis (NVLAP lab code 201044-0). Through the NVLAP accreditation program, laboratories are accredited in accordance with International Standard ISO/IEC 17025. According to NVLAP, …
Identifying Indoor Exposure Risks from VOCs in Residential and Commercial Properties across Puerto Rico
Identifying Indoor Exposure Risks from VOCs in Residential and Commercial Properties across Puerto Rico
5/16/2016 10:31:24 AM
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from thousands of different products and building materials that can be found in businesses, homes and schools throughout Puerto Rico. These VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and can then inhaled by building occupants.   VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term …
TestAmerica Featured at the 2016 TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair in Austin, TX
5/13/2016 1:48:20 PM
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) held its annual Environmental Trade Fair and Conference in Austin, TX on May 3-4, 2016.  The conference, recognized as the state’s premier environmental education forum, featured topics such as waste management, air quality, laboratory practices, oil and gas and wastewater permitting.  Thousands of industry professionals …
TestAmerica Presents at the 2016 TDEC Environmental Show of the South in Gatlinburg, TN
5/13/2016 1:39:02 PM
The Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation (TDEC) held its 45th annual Show of the South Conference on April 20-22, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  The Environmental Show of the South is the largest and most comprehensive environmental conference and tradeshow in the region, providing environmental training and updates on government and industry developments and …