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  • U.S. Senator asks EPA to reject new particulate standards

    U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe asked the Environmental Protection Agency to reject a court settlement that passed and required the EPA to set new particulate matter standards that are due by December 14, 2012, Tulsa World reports. The original settlement was between a coalition of 11 states, who pursued a lawsuit against the agency for failing to place new air quality standards.

    The senator asked the administration to delay decision-making until one year after the EPA inspector general’s office completes an ongoing investigation on what he referred to as "alarming evidence of EPA abuse of scientific information and mismanagement of its Clear Air Act Scientific Advisory Committee," according to the news source.

    "The proposed settlement provides ammunition to EPA critics who charge that the agency manipulates regulatory litigation to thwart public comment and interagency review," Inhofe wrote.

    As the air quality standards continue to remain under debate, homeowners can protect themselves and their loved ones by investing in a medical-grade home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of indoor air pollutants.

  • Washington-backed air pollution plan proposed to slow climate change

    A Washington-led plan to cut soot and other air pollution has gained the support of seven other nations. According to senior U.S. officials, the effort is being made to "buy time" and develop a solution to the world’s growing pollution problem, Reuters reports.

    Seven countries have formally backed the plan - Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Jordan. The U.S.-led Climate and Clean Air Initiative has increased membership since the plan was initiated in February 2012.

    "If we are able to do this we could really buy time in the context of the global problem to combat climate change," said Jonathan Pershing, U.S. deputy special envoy for climate change, according to the news source.

    As global warming continues to worry world leaders, strategies are being crafted to reduce soot pollution, heat-trapping methane, ground level ozone and HFC gases. These and other common toxins have a direct impact on air quality in a region. According to the experts, air pollution may be responsible for about six million deaths a year.

    Homeowners concerned about the impact of air pollution on their direct health can invest in IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers. The medical-grade machines can reduce the presence of common toxins indoors and help keep residents happy and healthy.

  • New energy plants could increase air pollution

    The Chesapeake Energy company may soon build new compressor stations in Ohio County, The Herald-Star reports. The business is seeking permission  from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality to release several pollutants from four of its Ohio County well sites. The DEP plans to approve the permit requests but is allowing the public to discuss the project and bring up any potential concerns. Each site will have slightly different pollution standards. According to the news source, the requirements depend on the type of particulate matter being produced at each location.

    "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has primacy to regulate air emissions from all industries, including oil and gas operations, to protect public health and the environment. Chesapeake works with the agency on a regular basis to comply with, and usually exceed, the requirements," Stacey Brodak, Chesapeake's senior director of corporate development, told the news source.

    Homeowners concerned about impact compressor stations and energy-source development sites can invest in a home air purifier. IQAir Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of toxic air pollutants. In addition, the high-quality device can remove common respiratory aggravators such as pollen, dust and mold.

  • Company fined for failing to meet air quality standards

    State and federal agencies are serious about curbing air pollution levels across the United States. Chevron USA Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $231,875 following a settlement over the organization’s alleged violations of air pollution laws, Legal Newsline reports.

    The Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Protection Agency filed complaints against the business that claimed the Perth Amboy asphalt refinery violated state and federal air quality standards. The fine may be all that is needed to ensure the corporation invests in the new technology required to reduce pollution output.

    "We are committed to working with DEP to ensure compliance with New Jersey's air quality and other pollution control laws," Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a statement, according to the news source. "This collaborative effort is critical to protecting our environment and preserving the quality of life of New Jersey residents."

    Homeowners in the vicinity of plants can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of particulate matter indoors. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can improve the air quality within a home, which will support a more healthy lifestyle for everyone in the family.

  • Summer's poor air quality may impact the health of many Americans

    The oppressive heat wave cascading across the United States has impacted everything from agriculture to community pools. While these sectors are important, understanding how high temperatures are affecting air quality is also vital.

    Many counties across the nation are warning residents of poor air quality as a result of high ozone levels. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, high ozone levels can cause respiratory issues such as coughing, throat irritation, pain, burning, chest discomfort when breathing, shortness of breath and wheezing.

    "[Ozone] hurts not just people and their lungs but it can damage buildings and plants, just about anything it comes into contact with for a long period of time," Environmental Health and Lab Manager Jim Steinhoff told WXOW News 19.

    Homeowners concerned about the impact of high ozone can invest in a home air purifier. Medical-grade units such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier improves indoor air quality by removing fine particulate matter and pollutants that remain close to the ground when heat levels are high.

  • Orlando electric utility upgrade suspended

    Upgrades to the government-owned electric utility company in Orlando have been suspended. For the past few years, officials crafted plans to spend approximately $100 million to improve the efficiency of the plant, however, court battles and uncertain federal legislation have delayed the project, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

    Without clear and definable standards, the Orlando Utilities Commission is wary of starting the process of upgrading the power plant. While officials wish to reduce pollution, stating the improvements could improve air quality all the way to Texas, unexpected costs accruing from new standards could harm the success of the project, according to the news source. As a result, the improvements to the plant are on hold until federal standards are clearly defined and settled on.

    "It's astonishing to people sometimes how far pollution can blow," Janice Nolen, the association's assistant vice president of national policy and advocacy, told the news source. "No matter how much some states want to clean up their air, and a lot of states do, they can't because of the pollution coming across their line. This really is a problem that needs to be addressed with a cross-state rule."

    Air pollution is not an issue that impacts just one region. The negative health effects associated with fine particulate matter produced by plants can stretch out across the country. Consequently, homeowners concerned about air quality can invest in the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • Summer smog detracts from the nation?s greatest natural treasures

    The summer haze is getting thick enough to obscure the view of the United State’s greatest natural treasures. Millions of Americans travel to the nation’s parks to see the sights. In fact, over nine million people will visit the Great Smokey Mountains in 2012 if yearly indicators are correct, The New York Times reports. However, many people may be unable to see a clear picture of the rolling mountainsides due to smog created from modern industry.

    The Clean Air Act and other legislation is attempting to reduce the presence of harmful toxins in the air to improve the health of Americans and allow the nation’s greatest treasures to remain safe and visible.

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act Amendments will prevent the early death of over 230,000 Americans in 2020. While legislation is helping to improve air quality outdoors, consider investing in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter indoors. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can drastically improve air quality in a home.

  • Coalition strives to include air quality improvement program in 2012 Farm Bill

    A coalition of agricultural representatives led by the California Farm Bureau Federation is pooling its resources to convince the state’s House of Representatives to include funding for an air quality improvement program in a draft of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Sierra Sun Times reports.

    The bill is an update to the 2008 Farm Bill, which allowed farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to participate in a cost-sharing program to reduce carbon emissions, reports the news source. The program has been a success, as it has reduced carbon emissions by about five tons per day since enacted with the cooperation of 1,100 individuals.

    "Air quality improvement and the stewardship of natural resources are priorities for farmers," California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger told the news source. "We hope that the House will recognize the importance of the program and maintain it in the bill."

    California metros are notorious for their poor air quality. Homeowners wishing to reduce the presence of air toxins in their homes may consider investing in an air purifier. Technology such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits fine particulate matter found in the air.

  • New study finds smoking increases pollution

    A new medical study by Otago University researchers in Wellington, New Zealand has found that cigarettes significantly increase air pollution. The study lasted five weeks and measured fine particulate matter linked to heart disease, decreased lung function and lung cancer, reports the New Zealand Herald.

    Air quality tests were conducted around 284 smokers at a shopping center at an average distance of about 8.5 feet. According to the research, air quality at that distance featured 70 percent more fine particles than areas with no smokers around. The mean pollution level measured near a smoker standing at a bus stop was 16 times higher than when there were no smokers present.

    ''[Smoking is] adding to air pollution. People are being exposed to this all the time, as well as industry pollution and home fires," said associate professor Nick Wilson, according to the news source.

    Homeowners living with a smoker or near neighbors that consume cigarettes can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of harmful toxins.

  • Watch out for Independence Day air pollution

    The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States, and residents across the country recently celebrated America's independence with colorful fireworks and bright explosions. However, many people fail to realize that the leftovers from these pyrotechnics can pollute the air for quite some time, and some municipal authorities even issue warnings to citizens.

    According to Fox 40, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in Northern California warned smoke pollution may cause lung infections, bronchitis and cardiac arrest. These are serious health conditions that can be triggered by byproducts from fireworks drifting in the air. In Chicago, ABC reported that ground-level ozone and fine particles will be prevalent enough to affect those with pre-existing respiratory and cardiac conditions. Other metro areas in the United States posted similar warnings due to higher than usual temperatures, which can aggravate ozone and particles amounts.

    If you live anywhere close to a fireworks display, it might be a good idea to invest in a home air purifier. Devices from IQAir can remove hazardous particles and harmful ash from the air in a home, and they are well suited to combat a spike in pollution levels after the Fourth of July.

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