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  • Granite state favors new Mercury pollution standards

    A new scrubber installed at the Merrimack Station in Bow, New Hampshire has reduced the mercury released into the air by 98 percent, reports the Concord Monitor. The state has long struggled with facility emissions that travel north from the Midwest due to predominant winds.

    According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, mercury is a buiaccumulative toxic pollutant that can cause harm to humans, plants and animals. As a result, the state released the New Hampshire Mercury Reduction Strategy in 1998, which aimed to reduce mercury emissions by 50 percent by 2003. The state exceeded this goal, but it is still looking for new solutions to further reduce the presence of this pollutant.

    Homeowners concerned with the health impacts of mercury can invest in a home air purifier to drastically reduce its presence in their homes. While New Hampshire agencies have dedicated themselves to limiting emissions, other states have not taken such strict actions, and jet streams are bringing mercury pollution elsewhere.

  • EPA prepares to fight summer smog

    Baltimore is among 45 metro areas nationwide with unhealthy levels of air pollution, reports the Baltimore Sun. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Baltimore and its suburbs were labeled as "nonattainment" by air quality standards set in 2008 for ground-level ozone or smog.

    A lower ozone limit cap was set at 75 parts per billion for the Baltimore metro area. While the city did not meet the standards, the EPA still labeled it as moderate in terms of air quality. City officials will have to create plans of action to show how they expect to reduce ozone pollution to meet EPA standards in the coming months, reports the news source.

    Homeowners concerned with the health implications of breathing in smog can invest in a home air purifier. The standards set by the EPA aim to reduce the negative health repercussions of smog, which has been linked to exasperating respiratory illnesses such as asthma and increased risk of stroke, heart attack and some form of cancers. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can reduce your long-term exposure to harmful toxins.

  • Air quality improves in U.S.

    According to the latest report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air quality in the U.S. has substantially improved due to limits placed on ground-level ozone.

    The agency set the smog standard at 75 parts per billion in 2008, and at that time 45 areas across the nation did not meet them. Now, almost all of the areas included on the original list have met the 2008 standard, and air quality has shown a remarkable improvement overall.

    Exposure to air pollution is associated with a large number of negative health conditions. Homeowners concerned about avoiding long-term smog and toxin effects can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

    Reduce your chance of developing pulmonary, cardiac, vascular and neurological impairments by making the right choices. According to the EPA, exposure to smog and unhealthy air quality can greatly impact high-risk groups such as the elderly, infants and pregnant women. In addition, air pollution can lead to both acute and chronic effects.

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