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  • Wisconsin improves air quality standards

    Wisconsin may seldom be mentioned when it comes to air pollution standards, but the state has recently been taking strides to reduce the production of harmful pollutants by factories and other industrial companies. Environmental Protection reported the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) that will blanket power plants in Alma and Genoa, Wisconsin. The DPC will spend $150 million to improve pollution control technology.

    "This settlement will improve air quality in Wisconsin and downwind areas by significantly reducing releases of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other harmful pollutants," said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin is expected to approve the settlement after a 30-day period. However, pollutants will still be leaked in some quantities, and even the strictest safety standards may not be able to prevent the release of harmful toxins. Those facing the risk of exposure to these and other harmful chemicals can invest in the IQAir GC MultiGas home air purifier. This device filters out everything from smog particles to allergens, and ensures the good health of any home occupant.

  • Allegheny County's new air quality standards set for release

    The Allegheny County Board of Health committee has crafted new air quality standards with the intent of raising guidelines to protect the public's health. The proposed regulations would be used to evaluate the impact of industrial emissions from regional industrial plants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The proposal took two years to develop and will be presented to the Health Board on July 11, 2012.

    "We need to wait and see how it works in practice, but I think the proposed policy is a good work product," Joe Osborne, legal director for the Group Against Smog and Pollution, told the news source. "The process included people of different perspectives who came in and worked hard to both produce something we could all agree on, and that also protects the health of Allegheny County residents."

    There are a number of industrial parks and factories in Allegheny County. The proposed regulations could improve regional air quality. However, homeowners looking for a more immediate solution to air toxins can invest in a home air purifier.

  • New rules could benefit Miami Valley's air quality

    Poor air quality in the Miami Valley could prompt lawmakers to pass new regulations. Pollution levels in parts of the area are close to violating federal air quality requirements, the Springfield News-Sun reports. As a result, new restrictions could be imposed on businesses moving to the region.

    "If the area is (not meeting the standards), there could be restrictions on business growth through the air-permitting process that I think no one wants," Matt Lindsay, manager of environmental planning for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, told the news source.

    In addition to new emission controls, solutions such as engine idling requirements could go into effect.

    Local residents concerned about breathing in polluted air can invest in a home air purifier to reduce their exposure. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers limit the fine particulate matter that makes up smog caused from roadways. Whether a building is in an urban environment or a rural space, air pollution can find its way into the home. Keep your family safe and healthy by investing in a home air purifier.

  • Plans of action tackle Portland's air pollution

    Portland’s reputation as a green city is under review as organizations such as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Neighbors for Clean Air recently found significant levels of air pollution in the greater metro area. A report released by the DEQ outlined two years worth of air quality data and found elevated levels of 19 toxic air pollutants.

    Compounds selected for modeling in the study included naphthalene, benzene, lead compounds, arsenic compounds and formaldehyde. Surprisingly, factories only produced approximately 1 percent of the monitored pollutants within Portland, although different neighborhoods had higher concentrations of industry related pollutants than others. Research indicated the chemicals presence was largely due to  the average person’s habits, including commuting, remodeling and using household chemicals.

    As a result, scheduled public meetings on the various methods homeowners can take to improve air quality will be held in the last week of May. Individuals interested in reducing their air exposure to toxins can invest in a home air purifier. For example, the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is an inclusive unit that can drastically improve air quality in a house and limit the health impact of known pollutants.

  • New York air quality improving

    According to a recent report by the American Lung Association, 3.2 million New Yorkers have something to celebrate. The annual State of the Air report for 2012 indicates six of 34 Empire State counties had unhealthy air quality, which is significantly fewer than the 16 that failed in 2011, claims the Star Gazette.

    "These improvements in air quality are to be applauded because cleaner air saves lives," said Jeff Seyler, president of the American Lung Association in the Northeast, in a statement, according to the news source. "But make no mistake, air pollution in our communities continues to be a major threat that cuts lives short, routinely sends people to the hospital and makes it hard to breathe."

    While this improvement in multiple counties across the state is applaudable, it is not nearly enough. Numerous families are still suffering long-term exposure to unhealthy levels of air pollution. Homeowners concerned about their health can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of toxins within their home. Air pollution can increase a person’s risk of stroke, heart attack and exasperate respiratory illnesses. Improve your health by purchasing the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Washington County officials set air quality goals

    The Southern Utah Public Health Department and the City of St. George have combined efforts to measure and set air quality standards to avoid involvement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ), reports The Spectrum.

    "It behooves us to stay in compliance rather than wait to have the EPA come in an tell us how we're going to get back into compliance," David Blodgett, director of the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, told the news source.

    By combining resources, efforts and funding to prevent a decline in air quality, the agencies are more likely to avoid future mass decline in community health. Poor air quality is linked to compromising the immune system, reduced lung function, negatively impacting those with pre-existing cardiovascular or lung diseases and other respiratory conditions such as asthma.

    Homeowners concerned with the health effects of poor air quality can invest in IQAir Air Purifiers. The home air purifiers don't just protect against pollution, other potential toxins such as mold and dust that are commonly found in houses as they age are also filtered out.

    Invest in your health by supporting cleaning air initiatives and owning a home air purifier.

  • Improved indoor air quality is vital in hospitals

    Airborne illness can spread quickly within a hospital. A medical facility requires the proper ventilation systems to maintain the correct pressure and remove airborne infectious agents to promote health and wellness for everyone that walks through its’ doors.

    According to ExpressHealthcare, bacterial and viral infections and molds can infect a hospital’s air supply. Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Legionella pneumophila are highly infectious and can be transported within the air and water combinations. Droplets of less than five micron or less can remain within the air indefinitely. Viral infections such as Varicella (chicken pox), Rubella (German measles) and Rubeola (regular measles) are regularly transported in the air.

    To prevent the spread of disease, a hospital can invest in IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers. The air purifier can improve indoor air conditions by reducing the presence of dust, dirt, chemicals, bacteria, mold, viruses and other toxins. A sophisticated air purifier system should be designed to meet the needs of a medical facility and protect the people who need to enter

  • NASA satellite could monitor air quality across the United States

    A new project being developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could revolutionize the way air quality is tracked. According to the Miami Herald, NASA is working to develop a space-borne instrument to measure the nation's air quality in five-square-mile grids every hour.

    The project began development last year with a series of low flights conducted over the Washington, D.C. area to measure air pollution, James Crawford, an atmospheric chemist at NASA Langley Research Center, told the media. While the instrument is currently in the planning stages, it could be a beneficial information provider. The indications of area air quality could help prepare homeowners by letting them know the days they should limiting time spent outside and determine whether they need to invest in a home air purifier.

    Air quality has been linked to developmental problems in fetuses, aggravation of respiratory conditions, increasing a child's likelihood of asthma and potential illness. Homes and public buildings identified as featuring unhealthy levels of toxins could be outfitted with the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to improve air quality.

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