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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Chevron contests requirement for pollution controls

    A fire at the Chevron refinery that produced a black cloud of smoke on August 6, 2012 resulted in 15,000 people seeking treatment at local hospitals and clinics. As a result, the Richmond City Council and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District are urging the company to use new pollution-control technology to rebuild the plant.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Chevron officials are contesting the request by telling air quality specialists that the company does not plan to increase production and is instead intending to repair existing equipment. 

    Some local residents and air quality officials are not pleased with the company's decision and are calling for legal intervention.

    "Chevron and public officials should know already that this community is not going to sit back and let them continue to pollute us. We're going to figure out how to fix this problem," Greg Karras, senior scientist with the advocacy group Communities for a Better Environment, told the news source.

    Many local homeowners were impacted by the smog created by the August plant fire. Residents concerned about future pollution production can purchase home air purifiers. Units like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter in a home and remove increased risk for respiratory problems.

  • Air pollution levels at unhealthy rate in Fairbanks, Alaska

    Fine particulate pollution levels in Fairbanks, Alaska, have reached unhealthy levels. The Daily News-Miner reports that the classifications and warnings issued to local residents are intended to notify individuals of the problem. Residents who are considered sensitive, like those with asthma, poor lung function, bronchitis or other respiratory conditions, are advised to stay inside and try to limit physical exertion.

    Pollution levels in the North Pole have surpassed federal standards. Despite the breach, county officials are not worried about the air quality violation hurting the region's ability to obtain federal grants. Federal funding can often be pulled from municipal projects in regions that fail to comply with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

    According to the news source, the Fairbanks region is classified by the EPA as non-compliant with federal quality standards.

    In 2012, the North Pole's air pollution levels have reached unhealthy levels three times. Homeowners concerned about the impact of fine particulate matter on their health can invest in IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers. The home purifier can easily reduce the presence of common pollutants from a house.

  • Allegheny County air pollution guidelines could change

    On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Allegheny County Board of Health will vote on new air pollution guidelines. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that if the board approves the new regulations, the new guidelines will replace those set in place in 1988.

    The new rules will help the Allegheny County Health Department regulate and disperse industry-approval permits to businesses in the region. The news source claims that the backing of the new fine particulate matter restrictions could improve the health of local residents - especially those with respiratory conditions like asthma or bronchitis.

    According to a report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June 2009, residents in Clairton and Glassport, two towns in Allegheny County, are 20 times more likely to develop cancer from air pollutants than the average American citizen.

    Homeowners in Allegheny County are exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter that could increase their risk of developing cancer, having a heart attack or decreasing lung function. By purchasing IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers, a person can decrease his or her exposure to harmful pollutants.

  • Winter pollution season kicks off

    The first day of November marked the beginning of the winter pollution season. From now until April 1, 2013, residents in the Salt Lake City area are required to follow wood-burning mandates that impose restrictions during certain periods.

    The Desert News reports that Utah state environmental officials have also been debating whether the county needs to worry about the amount of fine particulate matter that can accrue at any point during the winter. The proposal suggests vehicle emission testing in Cache County, tighter dust controls and new limits on battery emissions.

    "This plan is likely to have a greater impact on public health than any other state action for the next several decades, and yet the plan utterly fails to protect Wasatch Front residents," a joint statement released by Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment and Western Resource Advocates stated, according to the news source.

    During winter, when pollution levels can suddenly spike due to new weather patterns, homeowners may want to use a home air purifier. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter within a home and help deliver a cleaner living environment to residents.

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