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  • Ozone regulations upheld by federal court judge

    Environmental policy can be notoriously difficult to draft and even harder to enforce, as evidenced by a recent legal decision in Washington, D.C. A federal court judge recently upheld the ozone regulations set forth by former President George W. Bush in 2008, reports The Associated Press. 

    The air pollution standard in question refers to a mandate signed into law by Bush governing acceptable levels of ozone in the atmosphere. During his initial presidential campaign, President Barack Obama vowed to strengthen the law to protect public health, but eventually decided against it due to pressure from Republicans who argued that any tightening of the laws would have a negative economic impact.

    Many environmental advocates and public health officials were disappointed by the ruling that the standards are sufficient. However, some states, such as Missouri, which had challenged the EPA's research, agreed with the decision, claiming the regulations promised by Obama would be too stringent, according to E&E News.

    Ozone is one of the most harmful chemical elements present in smog, and can be a powerful irritant, especially to individuals with respiratory ailments like asthma. Parents who want to protect themselves and their children from the effects of smog and ozone may want to invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas medical-grade air filtration system to ensure the air in their homes is clean.

  • Strong public support for greater smoking bans around children

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of respiratory illness and preventable death in the U.S. However, the health risks associated with tobacco smoke are not limited to the smoker, as second-hand smoke has also been proven to be extremely hazardous to health. According to a recent survey, many adults strongly support the introduction of additional measures intended to limit children's exposure to tobacco smoke.

    The National Poll on Children's Health, conducted by researchers at Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan, suggests many adults firmly oppose exposing children to tobacco smoke and support legislation designed to prohibit smoking around children. Approximately 87 percent of respondents indicated they agreed with proposals for laws banning smoking in businesses where children could be exposed to second-hand smoke. An additional 75 percent supported measures that would ban smoking in homes with children suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions.

    Even adults who do not smoke may be concerned about their children's respiratory health. These individuals may want to consider investing in an IQAir GC MultiGas medical-grade air filtration system to ensure the quality of the air in their home is as high as it possibly can be.

  • Air quality advocates in Utah reach out to local leaders

    In Utah, activists are asking local administrators to dedicate resources toward improving the state's air quality levels. According to the Deseret News, a group of air quality advocates met on January 26, 2013, to discuss possible ways for Utah officials to address air pollution throughout the state

    "I feel frustrated and I feel angry at our political leaders for not taking action on what [residents] consider to be one of the most important issues," Cherise Udell, founder of Utah Moms for Clean Air, told the news source.

    Udell noted that air quality activists are creating a pledge that lawmakers could sign to show their support for eliminating air pollution. Additionally, the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, which represents medical professionals across the state, recently sent a petition to Governor Gary Herbert to urge state officials to find solutions to various air quality issues. 

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  • Illinois county officials review air quality levels

    In Cook County, Illinois, local administrators are closely examining air quality levels after collecting data about particles, smog and toxic chemicals. According to Medill Reports, Cook County Environmental Control officials want to determine if air quality has improved throughout the region since 2011. 

    "A lot of this data is actually coming from our work and we're very proud of that," county Environmental Control representative Deborah Stone told the news source. 

    Stone noted that the information could significantly affect the county's future air quality policies. In fact, research showed that there was an 8 percent decrease in toxic air pollutants in Cook County in 2011, thanks in part to area officials' dedication to complying with Clean Air Act regulations. 

    Additionally, county Environmental Control officials are working with members of various departments to ensure that they put pollution limits on heavy-emission diesel vehicles that are commonly used by construction and maintenance companies. With new regulations in place, Cook County administrators could further enhance air quality levels across the area. 

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  • Four Oklahoma employers receive Clean Air Act citations

    The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued penalties against four employers in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, in December 2012. According to the Muskogee Phoenix, these companies were cited for violations of the Clean Air Act.

    State officials have fined various businesses over the past three years due to numerous act violations. Monetary penalties were assessed against two Oklahoma employers last month, and all four facilities will search for ways to resolve air quality concerns.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrators said that 36 Muskogee County employers are subject to Clean Air Act permit requirements. Additionally, Oklahoma leaders will enforce penalties on businesses that disregard act regulations, regardless of whether these companies operate in Muskogee County.

    "DEQ responds to environmental violations throughout Oklahoma," DEQ representative Erin Hatfield told the news source. "It is simply a coincidence that four Muskogee area companies have come under enforcement action in the past three years."

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  • Kentucky utility company penalized for clean air violations

    Kentucky Utilities (KU), a regulated electric utility in Lexington, Kentucky, was recently fined for numerous clean air offenses. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials ordered the company to install a new sulfuric acid mist emission control system. Additionally, KU administrators will spend $500,000 on an environmental mitigation project for an elementary school in its service area.

    The company will invest $57 million for the new system and to replace a coal-fired boiler, and faces a civil penalty of $300,000 due to Clean Air Act violations at its Ghent, Kentucky, facility. EPA administrators said the citations against the utility could help reduce sulfuric acid mist emissions.

    "Reducing emissions of this pollutant is vital to protect the local environment and health of the residents of this community," EPA spokesperson Gwendolyn Keyes-Fleming said.

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  • Clean-air supporters target Minnesota power plant

    Six groups of clean-air advocates have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions at a Minnesota power plant. According to the Sherburne County Citizen, the clean-air supporters claim that officials at the Sherco power plant in Becker, Minnesota, need to employ the best available technology to reduce emissions.

    Kevin Reuther, legal director for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, said he feels Sherco, which operates the largest power plant in Minnesota, is releasing emissions that could cause heart and lung disease throughout the state.

    "Sherco is a huge emissions source," Reuther told the news source. "People don't realize that when they are way up in the Boundary Waters [Canoe Area Wilderness] they are breathing emissions from the plant in Sherburne County."

    The clean-air supporters are suing the EPA in the hopes that the agency will order Sherco to update its technology. Group members claim that the pollution from the coal-fired Sherco plant is a major contributor to haze that obscures views of some of the state's national parks.

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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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