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  • The Obama administration approves Arctic drilling

    The Obama administration has approved a one-year air pollution permit for an Arctic drilling rig operated by Royal Dutch Shell, The Los Angeles Times reports. This could result in the initiation of controversial oil drilling off the coast of Alaska, which some environmental experts claim would destroy the natural ecosystem and lead to air and water pollution.

    "Today’s planned announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] has given Shell Oil an exemption to pollute in America’s Arctic Ocean is yet another sign from the Obama administration that they are putting the whims of a corporate giant over the future of one of our nation’s most valued natural treasures," said Cindy Shogan, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League, according to the news source.

    The EPA's compliance order requires the careful monitoring of generator emissions to ensure that pollutants created from the machines do not exceed federal standards - especially for toxins such as nitrous oxide and ammonia. Such pollutants can travel along air currents for hundreds of miles and impact the health of homeowners far away.

    As the hunt for energy sources continues, more plants, oil rigs and gas refineries may be constructed, which could lead to an increase in air pollutants. Homeowners concerned about the air quality they are breathing can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter and toxins within the house.

  • Air quality warning issued for Staten Island

    While the warm weather should feel perfect for those vacationing this Labor Day weekend, the air quality may be less than ideal. High levels of ozone have prompted city officials to issue an air quality warning from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley Regions, the Staten Island Advance reports.

    As temperatures rise, ozone levels increase to unsafe and potentially hazardous elevations. For young children, the elderly, people working strenuous jobs outdoors and those afflicted with respiratory conditions such as asthma, poor air quality is especially dangerous. The smog, fine particulates and pollution produced from nearby plants and traffic can build up and negatively impact people's health.

    City officials are suggesting that people of all ages consider spending more time indoors. Buildings outfitted with a home air purifier are especially protected against the toxins that can find their way indoors. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a strong investment for individuals who are seeking to breath in healthy air that lacks the level of pollutants commonly found indoors.

  • Air pollution raises risk of stillbirth

    A recent air pollution study compiled in New Jersey has found an increased risk of stillbirths among women exposed to certain pollutants, according to Live Science. Using statewide data from 1998 through 2004, researchers compared the number of live births over still births for mothers who lived within 6 miles of New Jersey's 25 pollutant-monitoring stations.

    While stillbirths are increasingly rare due to modern medicine and prenatal care, the tragedy still occurs. However, out of the 207,000 women whose carbon monoxide exposure was estimated at elevated levels during the first trimester, there were about 800 stillbirths.

    Other common pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide also increased a mother's risk of delivering a stillborn child.

    "Most air pollution studies are done to evaluate the health effects related to the respiratory system, [such as] asthma or COPD," said Dr. Youcheng Liu, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, according to the source. "Relatively few studies…are related to reproductive health."

    Mothers can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the level of pollutants present in a home. This space is where many people spend the majority of their time, and as such, removing toxins from the air could improve the health of a mother and her child. A medical-grade unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a worthwhile purchase for continued health.

  • Valley's air pollution levels could stop local construction

    The San Joaquin Valley has historically featured raised levels of air pollution, but that quality may soon impact local roadway construction efforts. About $500 million in federal funds intended for building highways and other roadwork projects could soon be frozen if the local air district cannot create an initiative to reduce air pollution levels.

    PM-2.5, which is comprised of tiny bits of soot, diesel, moisture and chemicals, is known to trigger asthma and heart problems and might even cause early death, The Fresno Bee reports. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is set to produce and vote on an air pollution plan this upcoming December - just in time for the deadline set by the federal government.

    Homeowners located in the valley who are worried about the impact of such high levels of air pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter indoors. In areas such as San Joaquin Valley, it is vital to ensure the air within a home is cleansed of toxins.

  • Air quality alert announced for western New York

    As the August heat rises, air quality in regions across the United States is negatively impacted. Pollution levels in western New York reached unhealthy levels for the week ending on August 24, 2012, WBTA AM1490 reports.

    "The main concern there is that people that have respiratory problems [such as] elderly people [and very young children] may sometimes be more susceptible to the effects of the o-zone, [which] could cause breathing problems…," meteorologist Tom Paone, from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, told the news source.    

    When air pollution levels are raised, residents should consider limiting time spent outdoors. Instead, people can increase the time they spend indoors in an establishment equipped with a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of harmful pollutants in a home and improve an individual's respiratory function.

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has set up a toll free number so interested residents can remain informed. The phone number is 1-800-535-1345.

  • DEC to measure air quality at Peace Bridge

    In Buffalo, the Peace Bridge represents the transient route used daily by motorists to travel from the United States to Canada. Air quality experts at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have recently announced a new plan that will biannually measure pollution levels downwind and upwind from the bridge.

    The efforts come from claims that air quality has suffered in the surrounding neighborhoods due to new customs regulations that cause traffic to back up and idle for hours. According to Buffalo Rising, there has been an increase in the number of asthma cases reported in the area.

    However, while the majority of responses to the initiatives are positive, some feel that the efforts are a little too late.

    "While we're pleased this is moving forward, monitoring doesn't reduce emissions," Erin Heaney, executive director of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, told the Buffalo News.

    Homeowners in the area concerned about the impact of air pollution from the nearby, congested Peace Bridge can invest in a home air purifier. A unit such as IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of harmful pollutants within a house.

  • Court overturns EPA's good neighbor rule

    A federal appeals court overturned the Obama administration's air pollution standard, often referred to as the 'good neighbor rule.' The Environmental Protection Agency's legislation was part of a systematic effort to solve a long-standing dispute between coal-powered plants in areas with less-stringent regulations such as the South and Midwest and those with tougher air quality measures in the Mid-Atlantic and New England, The Los Angeles Times reports.

    States in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions fought for the good neighbor rule, which imposed stricter air quality regulations on plants in more western regions on the basis that toxic emissions created by those plants end up traveling east due to prevailing winds.

    However, it seems the argument for the EPA regulation was not supported, as a 2-1 decision by the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the agency had no legal right to issue such a federal mandate and that states' rights were being impeded by the heavy-handed legislation.

    For homeowners concerned about the impact of air pollution, a home air purifier is a smart investment. The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of common toxins within a house and limit air pollutants.

  • Measuring air quality a priority in Los Angeles

    As concern over air quality increases, metros are seeing a rise in quality gauges placed around a surrounding region. For example, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has deployed a number of portable devices to measure air quality during a refinery fire or similar event in the greater Los Angeles region, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The investment includes three $130,000 backpacks that have the ability to analyze and determine which chemicals are impacting air quality. According to the news source, experts in Southern California have developed pollution detection programs because of the region's historically poor air quality.

    Homeowners living in areas featuring high levels of air pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of harmful toxins. Fine particulate matter, dust, mold, household chemicals and other materials can all have a negative impact on indoor air quality. Medical-grade units such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers are the ideal solution for homeowners looking to improve the air they breathe on a daily basis.

  • Utah group requests air-quality study

    As air quality grows as a concern for many across the country, some advocate groups are pushing back against new industry until environmental impact can be determined. Some residents in Sevier County are asking state regulators to monitor the area's air pollution levels before finalizing a permit for a new power plant in Sigard, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    The proposed gas-fire electric plant is predicted to produce an estimated 977 tons of pollution each year. However, groups are questioning the accuracy of this prediction, remaining adamant about monitoring the region's air quality before and after the plant's installation to determine its exact impact.

    "If they do not choose to do an actual study of the air here, we may be forced to challenge the permit," Dick Cumiskey, president of Sevier Citizens for Clean Air and Water, told the news source.

    Area residents concerned about the negative health effects of a nearby plant may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. Units such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can remove soot, pollution and other everyday toxins that can make their way into the average house.

  • Wildfire air pollution decreases air quality in Washington

    The recent dry climate has sparked wildfires across Washington and Oregon. According to the Department of Ecology (DOE) in Washington state, air quality monitors in the region of central and eastern portions of the state are showing high levels of fine particulate matter,  far beyond healthy levels.

    "Wildfires are dumping smoke on us and the weather forecast is not indicating a change anytime soon, so this smoke could be around for awhile," said Karen Wood, manager of DOE's Air Quality Program in Washington’s 13 easternmost counties.

    The wildfires are creating a significant amount of smoke and fine debris. According to the source, local residents should consider spending the majority of their time indoors. A home or building outfitted with an air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can alleviate an individual's risk of breathing in fine particulate matter.

    Smoke from wildfires can travel hundreds of miles and impact the health of everyone, but especially at-risk are groups such as children, the elderly and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. By investing in a home air purifier, a homeowner in can feel safe and secure that he or she is breathing in healthy, clean air.

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