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  • Poor air quality in schools can make students ill

    According to CNN, studies have estimated that a third of U.S. schools have mold, dust and other indoor air problems at high enough volumes to cause or exacerbate respiratory issues such as asthma in students and teachers.

    This is a decrease from a 1995 federal government report that estimated that 50 percent of the nation's schools have problems linked to poor air quality, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

    Indoor air pollutants can cause students and faculty discomfort, decrease productivity, increase absenteeism and lead to short- and long-term health effects. School administrators searching for a potential cost-effective solution to improve indoor air quality should consider the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. It is a medical-grade air purifier able to remove ultrafine particles that may be present in an older educational facility.

    Mold, mildew and dust present in schools can negatively impact the health of students and faculty. By investing in an air purifier, a school can drastically reduce respiratory tract infections, disease, allergic reactions, headaches, nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, headaches and asthma attacks - all prime conditions that increase absenteeism amongst students and teachers.

    Schools and students suffer when children are not present in the classroom. An increase in indoor air quality could assist in decreasing absenteeism caused by illness.

  • Fine particles creating historic levels of poor air quality

    Air pollution officials claim air quality surrounding Bakersfield, California, is reaching historically bad levels. The unusually warm weather is working to keep the atmosphere from mixing and allowing poor air to remain low. Additionally, the lack of rain or wind is also allowing air to remain stagnant. 

    Medical-grade air purifiers may be a necessary investment for those wishing to improve indoor air quality if conditions continue much longer. Poor air quality poses a health risk to humans, especially the elderly, children and those diagnosed with respiratory problems. 

    "Now, in the winter, we are dealing with particulate matter with all those fine particles in the air," Brenda Turner of the Turner of the Valley Air District told ABC channel 23.

    The weather has led to the development of historically poor air quality. As of January 11, 2011, the county has passed a wood burning ban for the 25th straight day. The Air District is working to remind people to refrain from using their fireplaces until an announcement has been made regarding a situational change.

    Already, the number of citations for violations this winter has increased 320 percent compared to the same time last year. Poor air quality is a serious matter and officials are recommending that the public limit outdoor activity.

  • Court grants Texas' appeal to delay implementing interstate air pollution rules

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the State of Texas' request to delay implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule on December 30.

    The EPA regulation is aimed to cut sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by posing new rules that will affect power companies in 27 states. For homes concerned about air quality until the new regulations are met, medical-grade air purifiers can assist in removing hazardous air toxins.    

    "The court’s decision to issue a stay of the EPA's legally flawed cross-state air pollution rule is a prudent one that now gives the court time to review the regulation and its burdensome effects on Texas," said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

    Abbott argues that the new regulations will jeopardize the reliability of Texas' electrical grid, threaten jobs and increase energy prices. Claims have been made against the EPA suggesting that the agency failed to comply with state laws, which require Federal Agencies to include all affected parties in any rule-making process. The case should be heard this spring.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New EPA rules will likely shut down coal plants by 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency's new changes to the Clean Air Act are likely to have the extra effect of causing some older coal-burning power plants to shut down. These plants, nearly all of which are over 50 years old, have been kept running due to loopholes in the Clean Air Act that allowed plants built before a certain time to continue running without restrictions.

    This loophole was intended to allow plants on the verge of closing a few final years before shutting down, but many of them still run, without any air filters or environmental restrictions. The EPA's new restrictions will affect many of those plants, however, and cause the majority of them to shut down.

    Opponents of the changes argue that the loss of jobs and energy this shutdown will cause is inexcusable, while those supporting the revisions tout statistics about how much cleaner the air would be without these high-pollution locations.

    Either way, the shut downs will likely not go into effect until 2014, meaning that, for the time being, pollution will continue to to accumulate. If you want to keep these airborne toxins from your home, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier. The powerful filtering technology will keep the air in your home safe for you and your family.

  • Clean Air Act violation results in $12 million fine

    The Clean Air Act is a piece of legislation that is designed to improve the health of every American citizen through regulation of pollution and strict attention to air quality. Pelican Refining Company LLC, a Texas-based oil company operating in Louisiana, was found to be in violation of the Act and received its sentencing this month - a fine of $12 million for purposely causing the violations and attempting to cover up its wrongdoing.

    The cost, a $10 million fine for criminal wrongdoing and an additional $2 million to be spent on community service-based environmental improvements, is the largest of its kind in Louisiana and is a good reminder that though much progress has been made in keeping the air clean and healthy, there is always room for improvement.

    While the majority of companies take steps to comply with regulations, the upcoming tightening restrictions on the Clean Air Act may reveal that companies that value profits over public safety will do everything they can to avoid reducing their emissions at the expense of their bottom line.

    Rather than waiting for those corporations to fall in line, protect your family from harmful pollutants now by investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep the air in your home fresh and healthy.

  • Punjab Agricultural University is one escape from city pollution

    Pollution in India has been a problem ever since the country went through a major industrial revolution following its independence from Britain. Cities like Ludhiana in Punjab have gotten so bad in this regard that the majority of flights from the area are unable to take off for days at a time. Recently, a group of international beauty queens visited the city, and the common complaint about the city was the state of the air.

    Punjab Agricultural University is located a few miles away from the city proper and has recently become an extremely popular place for walking as a result of the city's high pollution. It has become so popular, in fact, that the university began requiring permits from those on the campus. Still, despite the permit fee, many city dwellers are paying it happily and travel for miles for the opportunity to take a walk and clear their lungs of the dirty city air.

    This clamor for clean air is a strong indicator of the difference it makes not only to one's energy, but also health. If you want to make a similar stand for your health and energy level, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier and fill your home with clean, fresh air.

  • EPA's clean air restrictions gain backing in the days before the final version is released

    This is a big week for the Environmental Protection Agency, as Friday is the day it releases its final version of the controversial extension to the historic Clean Air Act.

    There has been much debate over these changes, with opponents of the change arguing that the effect the new laws will have on the economy would be disastrous when piled on to the already shaky financial foothold the nation has found. Supporters argue that the amount saved in the long run will more than outweigh any temporary drops, as the resulting increase in human life and health will severely reduce medical expenses while improving the environment greatly.

    The bill's detractors claim that the changes will also affect energy-producing factories and severely affect the national power grid. The EPA responds with claims that the majority of current energy-production facilities will have no problem coping with the changes, and the ones that might have an issue will be inspired to put more effort into researching and implementing cleaner energy to keep business going.

    While the debate rages on, the air near your home may remain full of toxins. To combat this, consider investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep your home clean and healthy.

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