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  • Pennsylvania industrial supply company cited for Clean Air Act violations

    Scully's Welding Supply Corp., a Pennsylvania company that specializes in full-service welding and industrial products, received $60,000 in fines due to Clean Air Act penalties. The Delaware County Daily Times reports that the company was investigated by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials after several explosions at the business' location in Collingdale, Pennsylvania, in September 2010.

    EPA administrators found that Scully's failed to comply with the Clean Air Act's "General Duty Clause," which requires businesses to take precautions if they handle explosive gases. This clause is intended to protect workers against possible toxic chemical releases and accidents.

    "It is important for companies that handle extremely hazardous substances to identify potential releases to air [and] to design and maintain a safe facility," EPA spokesperson Bonnie Smith told the news source. 

    Scully's officials said the company is now in compliance with the Clean Air Act, but did not admit liability for the September 2010 explosions.

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  • Massachusetts printing company cited for alleged clean air violations

    Suddekor Inc., a printing firm located in Agawam, Massachusetts, was recently fined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allegedly violating the Federal Clean Air Act. EPA officials noted that the company's facility could potentially emit sufficient pollutants to be subject to the act's National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Printing and Publishing Facilities. Additionally, these administrators said the business would require a Title V operating permit under the Clean Air Act.

    The recent penalty imposed against Suddekor requires the company to submit a plan to the EPA about how it will reduce hazardous air pollutant emissions over time. Suddekor representatives said the company will use more environmentally friendly inks to help lower these emissions.

    In 1970, federal officials passed the Clean Air Act to alter the government's role in controlling air pollution. The regulation led to the creation of four major regulatory programs and comprehensive federal and state regulations to limit emissions from industrial and mobile sources.

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  • Iowa city targets air quality improvements

    In November 2012, sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels in Muscatine, Iowa, exceeded the standards established by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Ambient Air Monitoring Group. According to the Muscatine Journal, the city had 308.8 parts per billion for SO2, which equates to roughly an air quality index of more than 200, during a measurement on November 10.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that sulfur dioxide in the air comes primarily from activities associated with the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil at power plants or from copper smelting. SO2 can cause numerous health problems, including breathing, nose and throat issues, and Muscatine officials intend to improve the city's air quality.

    Jessica Brackett, executive director of Clean Air Muscatine, said that city officials are working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve the higher-than-average SO2 levels in the area. The EPA established a February 2013 deadline for the state's Department of Natural Resources to develop a strategy for reducing air pollution in Iowa.

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  • Air pollution negatively impacts seniors' health

    Many people already know that air pollution is a particular problem for vulnerable groups like senior citizens. However, new research indicates that fine particulate matter may actually be detrimental to seniors' cognitive abilities.

    According to researchers, older adults may be more vulnerable to the negative health effects of air pollution exposure than middle age people due to age-related declines in body functions. The study found that someone over the age of 50 who lives in an area with high levels of air pollution has a decreased ability to retain and apply information, according to Fun Education.

    "Air pollution has been linked to increased cardiovascular and respiratory problems, and even premature death, in older populations, and there is emerging evidence that exposure to particulate air pollution may have adverse effects on brain health and functioning as well," Jennifer Ailshire, a researcher at National Institute on Aging, told the source.

    Seniors and homeowners of any age group concerned about the negative effects of air pollution on a person's cognitive ability can invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier to limit the presence of fine particulate matter in a house.

  • Study finds costs associated with energy production

    A new study from the American Lung Association (ALA) claims that air quality in many parts of the United States has improved. However, the agency's first State of the Air report revealed that unhealthy levels of air pollution still remain in parts of the country.

    Over 127 million people, or about 41 percent of the nation, still inhale high levels of air pollution. In addition, over 5.7 million people, or 1.9 percent of the country, live in counties with unhealthy levels of all three types of measurable air pollutants, including ozone, short-term and year-round particulate pollution.

    Air pollution cost the nation about $120 billion in healthcare costs due to electricity production, transportation and heating in 2005 - the latest year will complete data. Air pollution is a serious health threat, as Americans continue to learn about the impact of fine particulate matter and smog on their health, they may decide to take on a proactive approach at reducing their exposure.

    A home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air can limit the presence of common air pollutants and help keep a family breathing safe, healthier air.

  • Kentucky air quality improves

    The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet recently announced the latest reduction in air pollution levels in the state. The agency released an air-quality distribution graph mapping out projections for reducing pollution levels in Kentucky at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, The Courier-Journal reports.

    "Despite the fact that our air quality is better than ever, there is always more work to be done. Kentucky will face new challenges in coming years to meet more stringent air quality standards and rules as required by the Clean Air Act," said John Lyons, the director of the Kentucky Division for Air Quality.

    The news source claims the air quality improvements in Kentucky are due to regulatory and voluntary programs put in place by local, state and federal standards. While this is a positive trend, air pollution levels in Kentucky remain high. Homeowners wishing to improve the air quality in their house can purchase a home air purifier. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of common pollutants and fine particulate matter in a home.

  • Diamond Bar to receive air quality grant to replace old diesel trucks

    The Diamond Bar-based South Coast Air Quality Management District will receive a $1 million grant as part of the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act of 2005. The Pasadena Star reports that the funds are intended to remove older diesel trucks from Southern California highways.

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that air in the four-county Los Angeles base will see a reduction of 11.79 tons of nitrogen oxides, 0.28 tons of tiny diesel particulate matter, 1.16 tons of hydrocarbons, 5.61 tons of carbon monoxide and 707 tons of carbon dioxide if older diesel trucks are removed from the roads.

    Diesel vehicles will be replaced with more modern vehicles that have been outfitted with clean technology. Trucks that qualify for replacement have to be at least 10 years old and can’t be retrofitted with new air quality controls. By removing these vehicles from the road, air pollution levels will decrease around the region, which will improve the quality of life of many locals.

    Traffic-related pollution can easily find its way indoors. Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of fine particulate matter can invest in home air purifier like IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers.

  • Wildfires causing more air pollution

    Lately it seems like you can't turn on the news without seeing something about wildfires in the Midwest and on the West Coast. The latest area to make headlines is northern Utah where multiple wildfires are contributing to an air pollution problem.

    The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that state air-quality officials placed much of northern Utah under a "red" advisory on September 18th due to the smoke coming from the wildfires blazing in central and northern Idaho. The warning covers Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Davis, Tooele and Box Elder counties. A "yellow" advisory is in other counties around the state.

    "Persons with existing heart or respiratory ailments should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity today," the state’s advisory issued Tuesday morning. "Hazy, smoky conditions in northern Utah valleys continue due to upper air transport of smoke from fires that continue to burn in California and Idaho."

    Pictures of the Salt Lake City skyline show the entire metropolitan area is blanketed in smoky haze.  Everyone with sensitive lungs or hearts, such as young or old people, have been advised to stay indoors. It may also be a good idea to keep an air purifier running at this time in homes to capture particulate matter and other harmful toxins.

  • Are cheeseburgers hurting our air quality?

    Most people can agree that there's nothing more satisfying than sinking your teeth into a big, juicy cheeseburger or hamburger. Although summer has come to an end, there's a few more weeks ahead that will likely be warm enough still to fire up the grill and charbroil a burger for everyone in the family. It's a dinner party that certainly everyone will be happy to attend.

    However, is it possible that grilling burgers could have an impact on the environment and our air quality? This is what researchers at the University of California, Riverside are saying. According to The New York Times, scientists at the university have concluded that producing a charbroiled hamburger emits the same mass particulate matter as a heavy-duty diesel truck that travels 143 miles. The particulate matter is come from the fatty acids in the meat that fall down into the fire, evaporate and eventually condense into smoke.

    "Generally, clean diesels are matched up against natural gas, hybrids or electric vehicles," Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum told the publication. "This is the first time we’ve gone head-to-head against fast food."

    In order to protect your family from inhaling these toxins, you might want to consider using an air purifier in your home. The IQAIR HealthPro Plus combines advanced filtration technologies to reduce an array of particulate and molecular pollutants. It can help keep the air in your home clean so you can keep enjoying your burgers.

  • Where has air quality improved?

    If someone were to ask you where the most polluted cities are, where would you guess? Perhaps you would say a city in New Jersey or smog-filled Los Angeles. But it turns out that some cities a person might think has bad air quality actually are where some of the best environmental success stories take place.

    According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Los Angeles has played a significant role in air pollution improvement over the last several decades. Due to the position of the Southern California city, between the mountains in the east and the ocean in the west, the publication states that it lends itself to air pollution. However, it was the first state to regulate air pollution in 1967 when then-Governor Ronald Regan signed the Air Resources Act.

    The Clean Air Act was signed three years later by President Richard Nixon, allowing the entire country to follow in California's footsteps. Therefore, it's important to understand that the places where you might think are causing environmental problems, like Los Angeles, may actually the ones leading the nation in the right direction.

    Whether you live in Los Angeles, the Jersey Shore or any other city in the country, though, you can make sure your home has clean, fresh air at all time. Air purifier IQAir HealthPro Plus uses advance filtration technologies to ensure air pollutants are filtered.

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