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  • BP agrees to cut air pollution in Indiana plant

    BP has committed to invest more than $400 million to reduce air pollution emissions produced by its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana, reports the Chicago Tribune. The monetary dedication is part of an agreement the organization made to settle legal complaints about the abundance of air pollution the plant produced.

    In addition to paying $400 million in new air pollution controls, BP will also pay a $8 million fine, reports the Associated Press. The new technology installments are expected to reduce harmful air pollution by approximately 4,000 tons a year.

    The plant was a serious cause for concern. Located just 20 miles southeast of Chicago, the expanding industrial site was producing harmful pollutants that were being swept into the Windy City.

    The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Chicago’s population at 2,695,598 in 2010, according to the most recent data available. Almost 3 million people were impacted by the air pollution produced by the nearby plant. The negative health impacts of poor air quality are greatly documented. Homeowners concerned about the lingering effects of pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce their long-term exposure.

  • Prenatal exposure to pollution impacts asthma in children

    Children exposed to air pollution in the womb may suffer from decreased lung-function development, according to a recent study. Researchers were able to draw that conclusion by evaluating 162 asthmatic children between the ages 6 and 15 in Fresno, California. Then researchers took the results and compared lung conditions to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for air pollution levels experienced during the pregnancy, reports US News.

    "In this study, we found that prenatal exposures to airborne particles and the pollutant nitrogen dioxide adversely affect pulmonary function growth among asthmatic children between 6 and 15 years of age," said study author Amy Padula, PhD, according to Medical Express. "This analysis adds to the evidence that maternal exposure to ambient air pollutants can have persistent effects on lung function development in children with asthma."

    Pregnant women concerned about air pollution’s impact on the development of their unborn child can invest in a home air purifier to reduce exposure. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits toxin levels indoors and promotes greater health for every member of the family, even those who are still developing.

  • Nashville issues first air quality alert of the summer season

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced the first air quality alert for the greater Nashville metro area and a dozen other surrounding counties, News Channel 5 reports. Local residents can expect the ozone in the region to reach or exceed levels accepted as healthy.

    As a result of the unhealthy ozone levels, susceptible groups such as the elderly, children and those afflicted with respiratory illness may have trouble breathing. Summer is traditionally the time when ozone levels reach their highest due to the increased heat and sunlight.

    Homeowners concerned about the welfare of their families can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of toxins in their homes. Both the duration of exposure and the concentration of the chemicals can greatly impact an individual’s health.

    Units such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can drastically reduce your family's exposure to the high levels of ozone that can develop during the summer. Improve their health and yours this season with a home air purifier.

  • Largest real-time environmental experiment further ties air pollution to heart health

    In order to achieve acceptable air quality in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Chinese government imposed significant regulations in Beijing. By decreasing the number of cars allowed on the road by 50 percent as well as shutting down local factories and construction projects, the nation was able to achieve air quality that met the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) standards, The Atlantic reports.

    Researchers took this opportunity to examine 125 healthy, young locals to measure heart health during the Olympics, and continued the experiment when air conditions and pollution rose back to previous levels.

    "We hypothesized that biomarkers of cardiovascular health would change as air pollution levels change," Dr. Junfeng Zhang, Professor of Environmental and Global Health at USC, and senior author on the study, told The Atlantic. "And that is, in fact, what we found."

    According to the study, as pollution levels decreased, the cardiovascular risk found in participants also dropped. In compliance with this finding, as pollution levels increased, there was indication of a greater negative impact on health.

    These findings are just as applicable in the U.S. as in China. In metro areas such as New York City or Los Angeles, air quality is a common fear. Homeowners concerned about the impact of pollution can invest in the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to improve indoor air quality and reduce heart risks.

  • American Lung Association brings EPA to court

    According to claims made by the American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is failing to protect America’s health.

    The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to examine federal air quality standards in light of on-going scientific study to identify harmful pollutants and improve preventative technology. The suit follows the EPA filing a brief in federal court stating that they would not complete the mandatory review until August 15, 2012 - almost 22 months after the federally mandated deadline, reports Channel 7 ABC Local.

    "From a legal point of view, this case is about enforcing the deadline, but the reason that enforcing that deadline is so important is because the standards that are in place right now are known not to be adequate to protect public health," Paul Cort, an attorney representing the American Lung Association, told the news source.

    Homeowners concerned about the impact of poor air quality can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus to reduce exposure to toxins that have been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and some cancers. If the EPA is failing to meet the mandatory deadlines set by the Clean Air Act, it may be more important than ever for the average homeowner to protect his or her home and loved ones.

  • Living near roadways linked with death for heart attack survivors

    According to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, heart attack survivors living near roadways could face an increased risk of death. The study involved 3,547 people who were hospitalized for heart attack in 64 medical centers across the United States between 1989 and 1996.

    Participants that lived less than 100 meters (328 feet) from a roadway have a 27 percent increased risk of dying over the following 10 years than those living 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) away.

    While air pollution has already been linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke, this is the first time it has been suggested that further exposure could result in death.

    "We think there is exposure to a combination of air pollution near these roadways and other exposure, such as excessive noise or stress from living close to the roadway, that may contribute to the study findings," said Murray A. Mittleman, M.D., Dr.PH, study author.

    Homeowners concerned about the welfare of their loved one can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce exposure to deadly toxins.

  • Granite state favors new Mercury pollution standards

    A new scrubber installed at the Merrimack Station in Bow, New Hampshire has reduced the mercury released into the air by 98 percent, reports the Concord Monitor. The state has long struggled with facility emissions that travel north from the Midwest due to predominant winds.

    According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, mercury is a buiaccumulative toxic pollutant that can cause harm to humans, plants and animals. As a result, the state released the New Hampshire Mercury Reduction Strategy in 1998, which aimed to reduce mercury emissions by 50 percent by 2003. The state exceeded this goal, but it is still looking for new solutions to further reduce the presence of this pollutant.

    Homeowners concerned with the health impacts of mercury can invest in a home air purifier to drastically reduce its presence in their homes. While New Hampshire agencies have dedicated themselves to limiting emissions, other states have not taken such strict actions, and jet streams are bringing mercury pollution elsewhere.

  • EPA prepares to fight summer smog

    Baltimore is among 45 metro areas nationwide with unhealthy levels of air pollution, reports the Baltimore Sun. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Baltimore and its suburbs were labeled as "nonattainment" by air quality standards set in 2008 for ground-level ozone or smog.

    A lower ozone limit cap was set at 75 parts per billion for the Baltimore metro area. While the city did not meet the standards, the EPA still labeled it as moderate in terms of air quality. City officials will have to create plans of action to show how they expect to reduce ozone pollution to meet EPA standards in the coming months, reports the news source.

    Homeowners concerned with the health implications of breathing in smog can invest in a home air purifier. The standards set by the EPA aim to reduce the negative health repercussions of smog, which has been linked to exasperating respiratory illnesses such as asthma and increased risk of stroke, heart attack and some form of cancers. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can reduce your long-term exposure to harmful toxins.

  • Air quality improves in U.S.

    According to the latest report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air quality in the U.S. has substantially improved due to limits placed on ground-level ozone.

    The agency set the smog standard at 75 parts per billion in 2008, and at that time 45 areas across the nation did not meet them. Now, almost all of the areas included on the original list have met the 2008 standard, and air quality has shown a remarkable improvement overall.

    Exposure to air pollution is associated with a large number of negative health conditions. Homeowners concerned about avoiding long-term smog and toxin effects can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

    Reduce your chance of developing pulmonary, cardiac, vascular and neurological impairments by making the right choices. According to the EPA, exposure to smog and unhealthy air quality can greatly impact high-risk groups such as the elderly, infants and pregnant women. In addition, air pollution can lead to both acute and chronic effects.

  • Georgians educated themselves for Air Quality Awareness Week

    The Clean Air Campaign and Governor Nathan Deal will kick off Air Quality Awareness Week on April 30, according to The Weekly. The national movement is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, which hopes to promote education and encourage green practices on the part of businesses and individuals.

    In Georgia and across the nation, sustainable commuting practices such as biking, public transportation and carpooling is being promoted as a small act with a big impact.

    "Air Quality Awareness Week is a reminder that small actions can make an immediate, positive impact on the air we all breathe," said Tedra Cheatham, executive director of The Clean Air Campaign. "Commuters, employers and schools all play a role in this issue because in many areas of Georgia, half of smog-forming emissions come from vehicle tailpipes."

    Unhealthy air quality can increase a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke and some forms of cancer and exasperate respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Homeowners concerned about their health may wish to invest in a home air purifier and educate themselves on smart practices to reduce exposure.

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