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  • 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.

  • Traffic pollution linked to increased risk of stroke in older women

    Two studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in February 2012 link moderate air pollution levels to an increased risk of stroke in women. After the investigation of medical records for 1,705 women with an average age of 71 living in Boston, MA, researchers found that the chance of having a stroke on days of moderate pollution was 34 percent higher than on good days.

    That risk rose between 12 and 24 hours after the pollution level increased, and showed a dose-response relationship, reports Medical News Today. As air pollution levels increased, so did the rate of cognitive decline. Every 10 µg per cubic metre increase in particulate matter concentration the women were exposed to was the same as the cognitive decline of aging two years.

    Invest in a home air purifier to reduce the risk of long-term pollution exposure. Air pollution negatively impacts the health of people of both genders. However, the increasing correlation between moderate pollution levels, which are currently considered safe under federal regulations, and increased risk of stroke in women is disturbing. A home air purifier could limit exposure and give a person greater peace of mind.

  • New Jersey power plant running out time to meet pollution limits

    The B.L. England power generating plant faces a May 1 deadline to reduce the amount of pollution from its coal-fired boilers or it may get shut down, reports the Cape May County Herald. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) green house emissions inventory list for 2010, the B.L. England was ranked 12th on a list of the top 20 polluters in the state for producing 603,727 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. 

    The Clean Air Task Force claims the plant is responsible for an estimated 300 asthma attacks, 32 heart attacks and 13 premature death each year, reports the news source. Homeowners concerned about the negative health effects from the pollution the plant produces should consider investing in a home air purifier. The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier reducing the toxins present in your home to limit long-term exposure.

    Over the long-term, air pollution can cause chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, heart disease and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver or kidneys. Invest in a home air purifier to protect loved ones by decreasing exposure to deadly pollutants.

  • Colorado's air quality plan receives approval from EPA

    Colorado's State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze, a comprehensive package of pollution emission reduction strategies, has received the initial go ahead from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    "Colorado has long recognized the importance of protecting air quality in national parks and wilderness areas, and has taken a leadership role in developing a plan that reduces emissions of pollutants that adversely impact visibility. The tremendous pollution reductions will also have significant public health benefits," said Dr. Christopher E. Urbina, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

    The package is aimed to provide health and environmental protections. Homeowners concerned about their own health risks from toxic pollution may wish to consider investing in a home air purifier. While Colorado is making a dedicated step toward improved air quality, these initiatives take time. Long-term exposure negatively impacts a person's well being. Conditions include increased risk of heart attack and stroke, a decrease in lung function and the aggravation of respiratory illnesses such as asthma. A home air purifier can help protect homeowners and their families from this with the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • Are your jeans a little tight? New hypothesis links obesity to air pollution

    A new hypothesis, which still awaits testing and further research, proposes the increase in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere may be affecting human brain chemistry to signal an increase in appetite, which could contribute to the current national obesity epidemic. The theory links increased CO2 levels to making blood more acidic, which in turn cases neurons that regulate appetite to encourage feeding more frequently.

    "If it turns out that people are increasing their food intake due to this mechanism of global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, we would suddenly be getting a new dimension," said Arne Astrup, head of the department of obesity and nutrition at the University of Copenhagen. "This could give us an explanation for why the entire population on this planet is increasing in body weight as soon as there is available food."

    If the research ends up indicating CO2 levels do promote obesity, a homeowner may have more reasons than ever to install a home air purifier. Air pollution already has a negative impact on an individual's health by increasing risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and aggravating respiratory illness such as asthma and bronchitis by impairing lung function.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is an ideal solution that works to regulate indoor air quality to a healthy standard by reducing toxins.

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