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Longleaf pine making comeback in Northwest Florida
Longleaf pine making comeback in Northwest Florida
7/24/2014 2:28:12 PM
Projects that will help restore native longleaf pine and help protected wildlife are receiving Gulf Power-supported grants under the Longleaf Stewardship Fund. Gulf Power’s parent company, Southern Company, joined the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to announce $3.38 million in grants aimed at protecting and restoring the diminishing longleaf pine ecosystem, including …
Lack of Transparency Fuels Corruption Allegations in Organic Governance
7/23/2014 7:40:05 PM
The Cornucopia Institute has called upon USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to make public all candidates for appointment to fill the four vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  The NOSB, a 15-member board of organic stakeholders representing farmer, consumer, environmental, retail, scientific, certifying and organic food processing interests, was established by …
Has Past Water Damage Caused Mold in Your Apartment?
Has Past Water Damage Caused Mold in Your Apartment?
7/23/2014 4:00:43 PM
Across the United States, there are approximately 30 million apartment units that house families in everything from luxury accommodations to low income housing.  Regardless of the amount of the monthly rent, almost any type of apartment complex is susceptible to water damage and elevated humidity levels that can quickly result in the growth of mold. For apartment tenants, …
MCS Patients in Puerto Rico Find Environmental Testing Solutions with Zimmetry Environmental
MCS Patients in Puerto Rico Find Environmental Testing Solutions with Zimmetry Environmental
7/22/2014 8:10:17 PM
In Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a controversial issue with many in the medical community. Some do not recognize the condition as a true disease or illness, while others support its existence.    There are a number of other names for MCS, including environmental illness, total allergy syndrome, idiopathic environmental …
New Documentary Brings Awareness to Sustainable Fashion
7/22/2014 11:11:31 AM
Each year, the fashion industry manufactures and discards a tremendous amount of wasted fabric and toxic materials that end up in landfills, severely impacting the environment. These and other environmental issues within the apparel trade are now being addressed in a new documentary called “THREAD,” produced by Tree Media. “THREAD” explores efforts to reverse the negative …
Recreational Water Illness Threatens Millions of California Pools & Hot Tubs
Recreational Water Illness Threatens Millions of California Pools & Hot Tubs
7/22/2014 9:18:10 AM
According to a report from 2013, California leads the nation in the number of hot tubs as well as residential and commercial pools.  Over 2.75 million of the pools and hot tubs can be found across the state.  They provide residents with the opportunity for exercise, relaxation and enjoyment. Although pools and hot tubs can provide many benefits, they can also harbor …
Legionnaires’ Disease Caused by Legionella pneumophila Serotypes 5 and 10
Legionnaires’ Disease Caused by Legionella pneumophila Serotypes 5 and 10
7/21/2014 4:51:53 PM
Earlier this month, China reported a case of Legionnaires’ disease in a 77-year-old man with existing illness that was caused by co-infection of both Legionella pneumophila serotype 5 and serotype 10. Legionnaires’ disease is a very serious form of pneumonia that has a high fatality rate especially in people with existing immunosuppression.  If the disease can be …
ABIH’s LinkedIn Group Celebrates 500 Members & Growing
ABIH’s LinkedIn Group Celebrates 500 Members & Growing
7/21/2014 10:25:25 AM
Earlier this month, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene’s LinkedIn group reached a new milestone with its 500th member.  The LinkedIn group, launched in late 2012, has been growing at a steady rate as more Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) and the greater industrial hygiene community turn to social media for news and information.     Social media has become a rapid …
PA Community Receives Warning of Giardia Cysts in Water
PA Community Receives Warning of Giardia Cysts in Water
7/18/2014 9:46:14 AM
Earlier this week, a Hazleton City Authority water tanker was put into place for the residents of the Stockton community in Hazle Township, PA, an area that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported the presence of Giardia cysts in the non-permitted public water supply. Residents were advised to not use or boil the water and to find an alternate source for …
Portland’s Infill Construction Creates Asbestos Concerns for Residents
Portland’s Infill Construction Creates Asbestos Concerns for Residents
7/18/2014 8:51:21 AM
Last month, The Oregonian published an article about Portland’s infill construction boom and concerns over exposure to asbestos due to demolition activities.  The article states that builders in many circumstances can receive city permits without demonstrating that any asbestos in the older homes has been properly removed before demolition activities begin. Many older …
Eco-Friendly Packing Innovator Has “Box” Announcement for SuperZoo
Eco-Friendly Packing Innovator Has “Box” Announcement for SuperZoo
7/17/2014 1:55:13 PM
DOWAGIAC, MICHIGAN – RNS Packaging, Inc., (RNS) creators of FunPak! custom-shaped premium packing materials will announce the launch of its new “Box” packaging and pricing program at the upcoming SuperZoo trade show/event at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, July 22 to 24.   SuperZoo is a fast-growing trade show serving the pet retail and pet services …
Soaring Tick Population Could Increase the Threat of Lyme Disease
Soaring Tick Population Could Increase the Threat of Lyme Disease
7/17/2014 10:32:03 AM
Last month, Fox News published a report about how conditions have been ideal this year for a higher than normal population of ticks in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region.  A wet winter and spring have created an environment conducive for ticks and the potential spread of Borrelia burgdorferi . Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease and humans can become infected …
California Wildfire Season Continues to Cause Property Damage
California Wildfire Season Continues to Cause Property Damage
7/16/2014 3:33:00 PM
Chronic dry conditions continue to plague California and hinder efforts to stop wildfires raging in many parts of the state. Currently, there are wildfires burning from Southern to Northern California. Many of these fires are burning aggressively with the help of gusty winds and triple-digit heat in rugged terrain.  A number of the wildfires are in areas with rural …
Meth Lab Discovered at Retirement Community in California
Meth Lab Discovered at Retirement Community in California
7/16/2014 9:54:22 AM
Last month, USA Today and other national media outlets reported that a California man was arrested for suspicion of operating a clandestine meth lab in a Fresno retirement community.  Neighbors of the man were shocked to learn of the discovery in their senior citizen village. Small meth laboratories have been found by authorities in everything from hotel rooms and …
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Indoor Environmental Quality
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Indoor Environmental Quality
7/15/2014 9:32:45 AM
Among many in the medical community, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a controversial issue. Some do not recognize the condition as a true disease or illness, while others support its existence. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) states, “In theory, MCS is an adverse physical reaction to low levels of many common chemicals. Chemical sensitivity …
Experts Provide Services to Prevent Silicosis in Puerto Rico
Experts Provide Services to Prevent Silicosis in Puerto Rico
7/14/2014 3:14:07 PM
Silica exposure remains a serious threat to several million U.S. workers, including more than 100,000 workers in high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunneling. Exposure also occurs during many different construction activities and some manufacturing processes.   These same risks can be found in Puerto Rico and …
Just Over Two Weeks Left to Submit Completed Applications for the Fall 2014 CIH Exam
Just Over Two Weeks Left to Submit Completed Applications for the Fall 2014 CIH Exam
7/14/2014 11:04:19 AM
With just over two weeks left before the August 1st deadline for Applicants to submit their completed applications, the staff at the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) is working diligently to ensure that all paperwork they receive is processed for those planning to take the Fall CIH Exam.  The exam period runs from October through November and this is the last …
Summer Camping Deals from Georgia’s State Parks 50% off
7/12/2014 12:25:37 PM
Those who love lazy summer days and sleeping under the stars can save money with camping deals from Georgia’s State Parks. From July 15 through August 28, eight parks are offering a 50 percent discount on RV, tent and trailer campsites. Campers can enjoy swimming beaches and pools, boating and fishing, watching fireflies and making s’mores by the campfire – for less than $15 …
Tools for Preventing & Fighting MRSA Infections
Tools for Preventing & Fighting MRSA Infections
7/11/2014 4:23:41 PM
Last month, CNN published a report that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved a new drug to treat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.  The new drug is taken intravenously and is used for treating skin infections caused by MRSA.  It is reportedly the first drug labeled by the FDA as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product. MRSA …
LA Testing’s Pasadena Lab Now CDC ELITE Approved
LA Testing’s Pasadena Lab Now CDC ELITE Approved
7/11/2014 2:32:57 PM
LA Testing is proud to announce that its Pasadena laboratory has been certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) Program. The ELITE Program allows laboratories to test Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples. As a member of the program, LA Testing will have …