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  • New study indicates a link between air pollution and tuberculosis

    Findings in a recent study correlate a potential link between exposure to common urban air pollutants and a change in the function of immune cells required to protect the body from bacteria that causes tuberculosis, reports Zee News.

    According to scientists from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, exposure to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) suppresses the function of phagocytic immune cells (blood cells that ingest foreign particles such as bacteria) on a cellular level.

    "In laboratory experiments using DEP generated from an automobile diesel engine as model air pollutant particles, and blood samples gathered from 20 healthy individuals, we demonstrated that exposure to DEP makes cells less responsive," Dr. Stephan Schwander, lead researcher of the study, told the news source.

    Homeowners living in urban airs concerned with the health risks linked to air pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce risk by limiting exposure. Breathing in contaminated air that is rife with pollutants such as diesel exhaust particles can irritate respiratory conditions, lead to the development of asthma, some cancers and increase stroke and heart attack risk. To keep you and your family safe, purchase an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • EPA proposes new national air pollution standard

    The Environmental Protection Agency proposed updated regulations to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants. It is the first step toward facilitating the development of new technology and safety controls. By creating these standards, corporations will have the incentive to improve the performance and integration of the advancements in new power plants that are not yet online.

    "Today we’re taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us into a new era of American energy," said EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put into our skies – and the health and economic threats of a changing climate continue to grow."

    If you’re concerned about the negative impacts of older power plants on you health and that of your family, invest in a home air purifier. These new national standards proposed by the EPA are only in the first stage of planning and have rounds of challenges, evaluations and development in store for them in the coming years. By the time they are fully in use, your long-term exposure to smog and harmful pollutants could have already negatively impacted your health. Purchase the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier – it’s an investment in yourself.

  • Jefferson Twp. plant under review for air quality violations

    The Jefferson Twp. plant, owned by Clean Water Ltd., is under review again by the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) for violating a 2007 consent decree requiring the plant to limit the materials it accepts for processing, reports the Dayton Daily News.

    The plant accepted the task of recycling 58,060 gallons of refinery oil, which included high levels of smelly hydrogen sulfide in February – causing an increase in complaints from locals. Company officials claim processing improvements are being made to reduce further nuisance. However, the RAPCA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon be looking over the plant’s processes.

    "Either [earlier] measures weren’t followed or they weren’t good enough," RAPCA Administrator John Paul told the Dayton Daily News. "They are to tell us how they’re to correct the problem. We’re not satisfied with the progress they’ve made to date."

    Locals in the area have complained in the past of strong odors and fumes causing nausea, headaches, dizziness and breathing problems. Residents can invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas home air purifier to address the hazardous smells and toxins and improve health by reducing exposure to harmful substances.

  • Deadline extended on drilling-related air pollution standards

    The court-ordered deadline of April 3 for New Source Performance Standards to reduce pollution from oil and gas drilling was extended to April 17 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposed rules involve several technologies previously not subject to federal regulations, such as hydraulic fracturing, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.

    The new rules would result in the reduction of toxic emissions such as volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the wells required for fracking. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and other industry leaders are trying to post pone the deadline for years or gain exemption from specific components.

    "I want to be clear that we are not opposing the rule but stating that the rule needs to change in key areas to avoid negative impacts to domestic production and job creation,” said Jack Gerard, API president and chief executive officer.

    Investing in a home air purifier can drastically reduce a family’s long-term exposure to toxic chemicals that can have dehabilitating effects and even be fatal. The IQAir GC MultiGas addresses the chemicals and oil and gas drilling can release to improve inhabitant’s overall health.

  • Refinery agrees to limit pollution to comply with Clean Air Act

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s (MPC) compliance to reduce air pollution from all six of the company’s refineries as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    The company will invest in new pollution control technology for combustion devices, known as flares, to reduce the volume of waste gases. Marathon’s headquarters in Findlay, Ohio will also pay a civil penalty of $460,000.

    Marathon installed control technology that, between 2008 and 2011 alone, reduced volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 4,720 tons and eliminated approximately 110 tons of hazardous air pollutants from the surrounding environment. Moving ahead, the new requirements would  reduce pollution levels even further.

    According to the EPA, HAPs or toxic air pollutants are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. In addition, they may cause birth defects and other adverse environmental conditions. Homeowners concerned about the impact a refinery can have should invest in a home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas can control the presence of chemicals and gases that can enter the home and prevent long-term exposure to dangerous toxins.

  • County in Colorado expands air pollution monitoring efforts

    The Post Independent recently reported Garfield County commissioners tentatively agreed to expand the area's air quality monitoring efforts, paying particular attention to oil and gas activity in the Parachute and Battlement Mesa area. The plan includes the purchase of a mobile air monitoring station, which costs approximately $110,000.

    The county already spends an estimated $172,000 annually to monitor and record air pollution levels. The new unit, which will test for a wider variety of compounds, will add another $62,000 to that cost, according to the news source. The goal of the initiative it to track how much pollution comes from oil and gas development in the region by establishing a baseline before proposed industry moves into the area.

    "One of the goals here is to not use fear, and to have good information instead of reacting to the pressures of politics," Commission Chairman John Martin said at the work session.

    Homeowners in the area who are concerned about the effects of nearby oil and gas refineries or stations can invest in a high-quality home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas protects your family by controlling the presence of chemicals and gases indoors as well as addressing odors like second hand smoke, cooking and pet smells.

  • Proposed compressor station could negatively impact air quality in Pennsylvania

    A proposed compressor station in Frazer, could add further air quality issues to the state of Pennsylvania. With 385 stations already in place, the machinery used to compress and move gas through pipelines releases air pollutants that compound the state's demanding ozone problem, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    "By itself, this compressor station is a relatively, truly minor source of pollution," Jim Thompson, manager of Allegheny County's Air Quality Program, which is studying a permit application for a compressor station in Frazer, told the news source. "That's the whole problem with Marcellus shale. By themselves, they're relatively insignificant. But when you put them all together, then you may have a very large effect."

    Air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides mix with the atmosphere and create irritants that can damage lung tissue and lead to respiratory diseases and asthma, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homeowners concerned about the effects of air pollutants may wish to invest in the IQ Air GC MultiGas. Home air purifiers such as this one control chemicals and gases present in a house to improve the overall air quality of the space. 

  • Manteca landfill and EPA reached a settlement

    Waste disposal firm Forward Inc. has reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California to resolve alleged violations of air pollution laws at its landfill in Manteca.

    The settlement requires the company to spend an estimated $3.8 million to improve the landfill’s gas collection and emission control system and to replace the landfill’s fleet of trucks with more efficient options to reduce pollution.

    "Today’s settlement is good news for the families of the San Joaquin Valley," said Benjamin B. Wagner, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. "Cleaning up the Valley’s air so that our children can breathe easier is important for all of us."

    Homeowners located near landfills can invest in an air purifier to cut down their exposure to harmful pollutants. Air pollution can increase a person’s risk of stroke, heart attack, aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma and cause some forms of cancer to develop. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can keep your family safe inside the home.

  • Hydraulic fracturing may increase air pollution health risks

    Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", an oil and gas drilling method under recent debate, may contribute to acute and chronic health problems in people living within half a mile of operations due to air pollution, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Denver School Of Public Health.

    The study was based on three years of monitoring and indicated that oil and gas retrieval can release harmful chemicals into the air. Researchers also indicated a number of "potentially toxic petroleum hydrocarbons in the air near the wells including benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene," were found, reports the Centre Daily.

    Benzene is a known carcinogen and is colorless, has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. Those that inhale the chemical can experience drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, tremors, confusion, unconsciousness and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Homeowners concerned about the negative effects of fracking pollution should invest in a home air purifier. The IQAir GC VOC can protect your family from the illnesses and repercussions of fracking and everyday pollution.

  • Exposure to air pollution for pregnant women can increase behavioral problems in kids

    According to a new study conducted at Columbia University, pregnant women exposed to high levels of air pollution may put their kids at increased risk of developing behavioral problems, reports Time Magazine.

    Those who live in urban areas are exposed to increased levels of pollution, especially to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are the result of burning fossil fuels, tobacco and other organic material. Researchers claim that 100 percent of the 253 New York City women participating in the study had noticeable levels of PAH in their homes, and those with the high levels in their blood were more likely to have children who developed anxiety, depression and attention problems by the age 6 or 7.

    Mothers concerned about the health of their children may wish to invest in a home air purifier. The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a high-quality and effective device that can drastically reduce the allergens and pollutants that may be present in your home. Air pollution has been linked to higher rates of strokes and heart attacks, decreased respiratory function and some forms of cancer in adults. Don’t let your children grow up in this environment without the protection a home air purifier can provide.

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