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  • New EPA rules may force the shut-down of power plants

    Approximately 32 coal-fired power plants will be forced to shut down, and an additional 36 facilities may have to shut their doors in order to comply with the new Environmental Protection Agency's federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.

    These plants make up some of the oldest and dirtiest facilities in the United States, and they generate incredible amounts of energy to provide for the nation's power grid. More than 22 million homes are powered by these plants, the source reports.

    The move away from these plants is being made to reduce pollutants from creating poor air quality. In the home, professional-grade air purifiers can assist in removing potentially harmful toxins for those wishing to provide better indoor air quality for their families.

    Groups on both sides of the issue are debating the potential strain the shut-downs may have on the industry, as even more units will need to be idled in order to install updates and new pollution controls to bring them up to standard.

  • Court grants Texas' appeal to delay implementing interstate air pollution rules

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the State of Texas' request to delay implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule on December 30.

    The EPA regulation is aimed to cut sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by posing new rules that will affect power companies in 27 states. For homes concerned about air quality until the new regulations are met, medical-grade air purifiers can assist in removing hazardous air toxins.    

    "The court’s decision to issue a stay of the EPA's legally flawed cross-state air pollution rule is a prudent one that now gives the court time to review the regulation and its burdensome effects on Texas," said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

    Abbott argues that the new regulations will jeopardize the reliability of Texas' electrical grid, threaten jobs and increase energy prices. Claims have been made against the EPA suggesting that the agency failed to comply with state laws, which require Federal Agencies to include all affected parties in any rule-making process. The case should be heard this spring.

  • Is burning wood bad for your health?

    A study published by the American Chemical Society's (ACS) journal found that the small invisible particulates created by wood smoke may have several severe health effects. Known as wood smoke particulate matter (WSPM), the tiny items used for home heating may create unnecessary health risks.

    During the winter months, air pollution rises significantly due to an increase in wood burning. For both economic and sentimental reasons, wood-burning fireplaces and stoves become a popular home heating option.

    In homes that burn or neighbor wood-burning stoves, placing medical-grade air purifiers in bedrooms may cut down on prolonged exposure. This can greatly decrease the potential negative health effects associated with wood burning. Wood burning increases the likelihood of developing a heart attack in adults, a stroke in post-menopausal women, aggravating current respiratory problems and contributes to asthma in young children, reports the LA Times.

    Science Daily reports that WSPM contains aromatic hydrocarbons that work as a human carcinogen. These negative health effects can have permanent effects on a person's health. The change from wood-burning stoves to those that burn faux logs coated in natural gas may be a potential answer for a beneficial change. A medical-grade air purifier can also help to combat potentially harmful pollutants.

  • LA pollution control agency increases rebate for gas log

    Rebate increases for gas log range from $125 to $200 by the Air Quality Management District, according to the LA Times. The rebates are available through the Healthy Hearths initiative launched by AQMD in 2008.

    The rebate was created in order to entice consumers to consider changing their existing wood-burning fireplaces to fake log sets fueled by natural gas. This has been proven to radically reduce the production of fine particulates that can have a negative effect on health.

    Combining the switch with an investment in quality, home air purifiers may be enough to reduce the particulates in the home. The exposure to PM2.5 can elevate the risk of premature death from heart disease in older adults and the likelihood of strokes in post-menopausal women.

    Other potential medical conditions may include the aggravation of respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and bronchitis. For those interested in obtaining a rebate, it does work on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is a limited amount of funds available. Homeowners may wish to consider checking out the potential changes sooner rather than later.

  • Kennecott Utah Copper accused of violating Clean Air Act

    A lobbyist group made up of mothers and doctors is suing Kennecott Utah Copper over mining dust pollution that they claim violates the United States Clean Air Act. The group is blaming the company, which mines one of the largest pits in the world, of contributing up to one-third of Salt Lake County's pollution.

    The company responded to the claims by saying the accusations are without merit, according to the Huffington Post.

    "Kennecott has and continues to operate within the parameters of its air permits and is consistently in compliance with U.S. EPA and Utah Division of Air Quality regulations, which are based on strict standards for protecting human health," the company said.

    Utah's chief air regulator did acknowledge that the company has been violating a 1994 Environmental and Protection Act law that limited the company to hauling only 150 million tons of ore a year. However, the state has allowed Kennecott to mine as much as 260 million tons most recently.

    Medical-grade air purifiers may assist in keeping indoor spaces free of the pollutants named in the suit.

  • Air pollution linked to diabetes

    Two studies in the past year, one in the United States, the other in Germany, found evidence that suggests high rates of tiny-particle air pollution may be linked to rising rates of diabetes.

    Some doctors believe the evidence points to a rise in "the exploding pandemic, if you will, of type 2 diabetes, particularly in urbanized areas around the world," Sanjay Rajagopalan of the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, told USNews.

    In the study, the mice living in an environment with clean, filtered air remained healthy. In contrast, those that experienced real world air suffered insulin resistance and were more likely to develop belly fat and other classic prediabetic symptoms. Other metabolic diseases were also found in high quantities in subjects who were treated with "city" air.

    Air pollution is consistently being found to have potential negative effects on the health of both humans and animals. Long-term exposure to particles over time may increase a person's chance of developing the disease. Investing in medical-grade air purifiers may help remove these pollutants from the home.

  • Company agrees to pay $1.7 million in penalty fines

    The Essroc Cement Company has been ordered to pay $1.7 million in penalty fines by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company will also have to invest approximately $33 million in pollution control technology to resolve the allegations of violating the Clean Air Act.

    The settlement will assist in protecting Americans' health by reducing more than 7,000 tons of harmful nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide pollution each year, according to the Department of Justice.

    "The EPA is committed to cutting illegal air pollution from the largest sources of emissions," Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's office of enforcement and compliance assurance, told UPI. "The pollution controls required by today's settlement will reduce harmful air pollutants, protecting communities across the nation."

    Bringing Essroc into compliance with the Clean Air Act can potentially lead to better air quality and reduce associated health problems. Medical-grade air purifiers can also assist in reducing exposure to harmful toxins.

  • Fire place soot damaging air quality

    Levels of soot and debris have Clovis and Fresno's air quality over twice the federal health limit. The unusual weather and high levels of pollution production are combining to create a dark haze of nasty pollution.

    "We would love to have clear, healthy air and allow people to choose when they want to burn," said district spokeswoman Jaime Holt. "But we have a soup of pollution out there."

    Homes in the area may wish to invest in medical-grade air purifiers to assist in protecting them from inhaling the poor-quality air. The elderly, children and those with respiratory issues are especially impacted. At times, the pollution has reached unhealthy levels for adults as well.

    Despite daily no-burn order from authorities, people are still lighting fires in order to keep warm during the winter season. This, combined with diesel exhaust and chemical droplets, is creating a dark cloud of pollution across the valley.

    By investing in home air purifiers, people may be better able to avoid inhaling such high levels of toxins during all hours of the day.

  • Clean air advocates celebrate small victory, have a long road ahead

    Clean air laws have always been a battle between those who believe that healthy air is the most important direction we can take, and those who worry that the costs of implementing these changes would be more than the economy and taxpayers could handle.

    Clean air advocates have had cause to celebrate in recent months, as the Environmental Protection Agency's improved emission standards won them a significant victory in the fight against air pollution. The new guidelines, which are supposed to significantly improve the air and the quality of life throughout the country, focus largely on the few remaining factories that have been running unrestricted for decades, spewing toxins into the air with no filters.

    Still, the battle for clean air is still being fought, as this victory has managed to distract the heavy loss from earlier in the year when new smog control laws for heavily polluted areas were rejected.

    As the government plays back and forth on which pollutants to limit and which to allow to continue, you can keep your home safe from the danger these toxins may cause by investing in a medical-grade air purifier.

  • Erase some damage from your holiday parties with the IQAir HealthPro Plus

    The holidays can be a fun time, but what happens when they're over? After a day full of eating, watching television and opening presents, cleaning up can feel a bit overwhelming. It can be easy to fall into the trap of leaving the cleaning for later in the week, but with food and lingering odors from family pets, this can lead to an uncomfortably smelly home.

    This year, when ridding your home of these issues, consider employing your IQAir HealthPro Plus. This powerful air purifier can help control the variety of smells you find yourself trying to get rid of.

    Consider using it again as your New Year's party approaches. Place it in the garage and designate it as the smoking area to control the secondhand smoke and the smell it causes. Leave it in the kitchen overnight as the leftover foods and dishes sit around to keep them from causing a more permanent odor the next day.

    With a guaranteed efficiency of 99.5 percent, this is an investment that will have your home smelling fresher than ever.

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