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  • 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.

  • Alleviate chronic bronchitis with a medical-grade air purifier

    Bronchitis is a respiratory disease that comes about when the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from the lungs become inflamed due to a variety of irritants. The inflammation restricts breathing and can even shut off total portions of the lung, causing coughing and shortness of breath.

    Chronic bronchitis specifically is a long lasting and recurring form of this disease that is often caused by continued interaction with lung irritants. You can work to avoid and ease chronic bronchitis with a medical-grade air purifier.

    As the most common irritants that cause bronchitis are pollution, dust and tobacco smoke, the powerful filtration provided by a purifier can ease the effect of those toxins in the home, the most likely place for people to exert some control over the quality of the air they breathe. Some jobs are the root of the problem, whether a physical labor job where inhalation of these toxins is a constant hazard, or if your office is right above the smoking area. Therefore, investing in a medical-grade air purifier for your home may help reduce the problem by promoting fresh and clean air the minute you walk through the door.

  • Air pollution in wake of BP oil spill equaled levels seen only in a 'large city's'

    Air pollution levels off the coast of Louisiana reached levels typically only seen in large cities in the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Researchers tested air-borne zone and particulate matter, which are proven to have direct effects on human health, and found that about 8 percent of every 13 spilled barrels made it to the ocean's surface and evaporated into airborne particles small enough to be inhaled.

    "It was like having a large city's worth of pollution appear out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico," said Daniel Murphy, a NOAA scientist and co-author of the report.

    As a result, there were increased levels of respiratory problems across the gulf region. Homeowners may wish to consider investing in a IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier to ward off prolonged exposure to toxins such as these.

    The report states that as the oil evaporated, it put 10 times more organic particles in the air than the burning did, and that areas as far as 50 miles inland suffered from the degraded air quality. The BP Deepwater Horizon spill may have lasting health and ecological effects.

  • New Year's Eve air quality advisory issued due to smoke levels

    The Clark Country Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management (DAQEM) in Nevada is issuing an air quality advisory from December 31 through January 1.

    The DAQEM believes that smoke caused from New Year's fireworks, combined with weather conditions, may create a potential problem by worsening respiratory diseases. Homes in the area with children or adults who suffer from chronic asthma or respiratory illness may wish to consider investing in medical-grade air purifiers to filter out average or unusual levels of irritants.

    The predicted cold weather and lack of wind may cause smoke and dust from fireworks to remain at a low elevation, according to the DAQEM. These conditions could allow traditional celebratory events to produce unhealthy levels of smoke that will not dissipate at the usual rate. Using air purifiers and staying inside should provide the necessary safety precautions to prevent smoke levels from creating havoc with respiratory functions for those afflicted with asthma or bronchitis.

    Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to the negative effects of exposure to smoke, and should remain inside.

  • New EPA mercury emission reduction standard could save lives

    The new update to the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce mercury and 70 other chemical emissions is estimated to prevent an estimated 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks.

    Mercury exposure is extremely damaging to developing brains of fetuses and children. Typically, people become exposed to it by eating contaminated fish. However, the hazardous pollutants do negatively affect air quality. Assist in cutting down exposure by investing in air purifiers for the home.

    The EPA estimates that for each dollar spent reducing mercury and other air pollutant emissions under the new rule, there is a projected savings of up to $9 in health benefits. These savings come from the prevention of various medical issues that arise due to exposure, such as heart attacks, premature death, asthma and bronchitis.

    The new limits may prevent 130,000 cases of asthma and 6,300 cases of acute bronchitis each year, according to EPA projections. Asthma has become increasingly common in children, so to assist in preventing an attack, health professionals will sometimes recommend air purifiers to improve air quality.

  • EPA requires new limitations on mercury emissions

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created new regulations that set a federal standard on mercury and other toxic emissions in an effort to improve air quality on December 21.

    The new rules set specific emission limits for all existing and future coal plants. In regional areas that house coal plants, homeowners may wish to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier to assist in reducing air pollutants in the home.

    To assist plants in meeting the new standard, the EPA will provide technical and economical strategies in hopes of achieving successful reductions of mercury and other neurotoxins. Mercury is proven to be especially harmful to children and pregnant women.

    "These standards rank among the three or four most significant environmental achievements in the EPA's history," John Walke, clean air director of the National Resources Defense Council, told CNN. "This rule-making represents a generational achievement."

    Being toted as a critical update to the Clean Air Act, the new regulations are getting strong support from many environmentalists and health organizations. Home owners looking to improve air quality in their homes until the new regulations are firmly in place in three years may wish to look into the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier.

  • While nation focuses on EPA changes, California has emission debates of its own

    Much of the coverage concerning air pollution in America these past few weeks has focused on the controversial new EPA regulations concerning coal-burning power plants, but there have been more local efforts to clean the air as well.

    Updated in 2010, the new emission-reducing regulations required by the California Air Resources Board are slated to go into effect on January 1st, 2012. These restrictions, which are aimed at diesel-producing trucking companies, are being attacked with renewed vigor as the deadline approaches.

    Due to pressure from worried business owners, who cite the expense of such a change as a concern, the CARB has allowed for some leeway in the rule, causing mixed responses from the public. California is notoriously poor when it comes to air pollution, and proponents of these restrictions may see this backing off as a sign that nothing has changed.

    Still, the diesel particle emissions can be something of a health hazard, regardless of tightening restrictions. Consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to help keep the air in your home healthy and clean.

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