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  • A $53 million air quality fund fuels creative proposals

    The race is on for a portion of a $53 million fund, ready and waiting to be divided to various groups to improve Coachella Valley's air quality. The divide is over whether the bulk of the funds should be used as a down-payment on a 54-mile green parkway connecting the entire valley through the Whitewater River wash or when it should be divided in small amounts by community groups and nonprofit agencies, reports MyDesert.com.

    The money is a result of Assembly Bill 1318 that passed in 2009, which allowed the developers of the Sentinel power plant near Desert Hot Springs to purchase emission offset credits directly from the regional air-quality board instead of the private market, reports the news source.

    Homeowners in the area seeking to further offset the pollution such a plant will create, despite the creative ideas being tossed around to offset the effect, may wish to consider a home air purifier. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers are an investment in the air a homeowner breathes in everyday, and provides assurance and safety from toxins.

  • Kansas refinery to pay near $1 million for violating air pollution standards

    The Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing (CRRM) has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $970,000, in addition to investing more than $4.25 million in new pollution controls and $6.5 million in operating costs to resolve alleged violations of air quality and pollution emissions, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced earlier this month.

    "This settlement puts CRRM on a level playing field with the more than 100 petroleum refineries that have agreed to implement aggressive pollution control measures, thereby reducing the threats posed by harmful emissions to area residents," said Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

    The list of negative health impacts of pollution emissions is long and varied. Homeowners concerned over their families' risk of exposure can invest in the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. Especially in areas surrounded by refineries, factories or energy plants, a home air purifier can provide peace of mind and improved indoor air quality to limit exposure to toxins.

  • Western New York receives federal grant for air pollution cleanup

    The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York received a $100,000 federal grant to take control of air pollution in the town of Tonawanda, NY, reports the Buffalo News. Funding comes from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program.

    "We clearly know that Tonawanda has an air pollution issue," Erin Heaney, executive director of the coalition told the news source.

    According to the EPA, Tonawanda features some of the highest concentration of air-regulated facilities in the state. Homeowners in the region should install air purifiers in their homes to reduce exposure to airborne toxins. The grant from the EPA provides just enough to research the troubling air quality levels. Heaney claimed were present in the community such as five pollutants that exceed state health guidelines, reports the news source.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers provide excellent filtration to reduce toxin levels in the home - limiting homeowners and their families' exposure to potential danger.

  • Cross-State Air Pollution Rule enters U.S. court docket

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urged the U.S. Appeals Court in Washington to uphold the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, reports Bloomberg. The EPA regulation, which imposed caps on sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in 27 states, was put on hold by the court in December after more than three dozen lawsuits were filed to challenge the rule.

    "The transport rule represents the culmination of decades of congressional, administrative and judicial efforts to fashion a workable, comprehensive regulatory approach to interstate air pollution issues that have huge public health implications," the 116-page filing states, according to the news source. 

    A medical grade home air purifier can provide peace of mind by limiting exposure to harmful air pollutants. While the new regulation is under review by the courts, homeowners are stuck breathing in smog filled with nitrogen oxide.

    Emissions are crossing state lines and spreading. Homeowners worried over the potential negative health effects of breathing in toxic chemicals should consider the benefit of a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • Coal-burning plant in Virginia closing after fined for violating air quality laws

    GenOn Energy’s Potomac River Generating Station, a coal-burning power plant in Alexandria, Virginia, is scheduled to close in October. The plant was fined for $280,700 for violating air-quality laws by exceeding nitrogen oxide limits six times between June 28 and July 18 last year, reports the Washington Post.

    The plant began operation in 1949 and has faced years of opposition from both local residents and environmentalists, according to the news source.

    Increased levels of air pollution can lead to a variety of health problems, including aggravating respiratory conditions, asthma and increasing levels of stroke and heart attack. Homeowners in the area can install a medical-grade home air purifier such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers to limit their prolonged indoor exposure to toxins produced by nearby power plants. Air pollution can remain in the region for a long time, and once those fine particulates get in a home it may be hard to remove them for years to come because fabric and other materials absorb them.

    Investing in a home air purifier can reduce the presence of toxins in the home, which can potentially increase residents’ health, decrease their chance of getting ill and reduce respiratory aggravators that can become a problem for those with asthma, bronchitis or even the everyday cold.

  • Study suggests air pollution may cause cognitive decline

    Recent research from Nurses' Health Study links air pollution to a decline in the cognitive skills of older women, reports Nurse.com. The study evaluated coarse and fine pollution in relation to cognitive decline in women using a study population from the Nurses's Health Study Cognitive Cohort.

    The study included 19,409 women between the ages of 70 and 81 in the United States.

    "In this large, prospective study of older women, higher levels of long-term exposure to both [coarse and fine particulate matter] were associated with significantly faster cognitive decline," the researchers wrote in an issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, reports Nurse.com.

    Homeowners concerned over their health should invest in a medical-grade home air purifier to reduce exposure to both coarse and fine particulates. Individuals should be aware and consider their options as more and more studies come out suggesting the negative health impact of breathing in pollution.

    A home air purifier can improve the air quality within the space most people spend the majority of their time - the home - and therefore decrease the time spent breathing in toxins.

  • Study finds stoke risk increased even when air pollution remained in moderate levels in Boston

    A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center research team has found that air pollution levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) may substantially increase the risk of stroke.

    "This is a significant study because we have documentation that the risk of stroke can be elevated when the air quality is still within the guidelines set by the current EPA regulations," Dr. Murray A. Mittleman, an author of the study who teaches at Harvard Medical School and works in the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess, told Boston.com. "This implies that the current regulations can be strengthened further to prevent these catastrophic health events."

    Homeowners should consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier to decrease his or her risk of exposure to air pollution that can lead to medical conditions. Researchers reviewed the medical records of 1,700 stroke patients in the Boston area over the course of 10 years. They found a 34 percent increase in the risk of ischemic stroke on days with moderate air quality in comparison to those rated good by the EPA.

    A study such as this further increases the tie between poor air quality and a negative health impact.

  • Homeowners living in the United States' most polluted cities may wish to use a home air purifier

    According to National Geographic and MSNBC.com, California is home to five of the nation’s most polluted cities in the country. Air pollution is rampart in the ocean-side state.

    Regular exposure to air pollution can eventually lead to respiratory diseases, asthma and reduced lung function, especially in children, infants and the elderly. It may also be a contributing factor to heart attacks, strokes and cancer.

    Homeowners wishing to decrease their exposure to these harmful toxins should invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. For those living in California, the purchase may be more than a precautionary measure.

    According to National Geographic, these five California cities experienced some of the smoggiest days in 2010, which had officials declaring a number of red alert days in response. Riverside-San Bernadino, CA, at number one, experienced 110 days of smog and 24 red alert days for unhealthy levels of air pollution.

    Purchasing a home air purifier can significantly decrease indoor exposure to poor air quality.

  • New study connects air pollution to Alzheimer's-like brain changes in youth

    A new study published by the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease suggests that exposure to air pollution can cause changes in children and young adults that are similar to those seen in Alzheimer's patients, according to Environmental Health News.

    The disturbing correlation between a disease typically seen in the elderly appearing in the brains of children has scientists working to determine how poor air quality can affect the brain.

    Conducted in Mexico City, an area notorious for its high levels of air pollution, North American researchers studied the postmortem brains of children and young adults who had suffered accidents, reported Environmental Health News. More than half of the participants examined were younger than 17.

    Air pollution is not limited by borders and can spread out to surrounding areas. San Antonio, Texas, is less than 1,000 miles from Mexico City, for example. Investing in a home air purifier can reduce toxin exposure by improving air quality within the home or office environment.

    This study builds upon growing research that suggests links between air pollution and brain function. A previous study has found links between air pollution exposure and inflammation, which commonly occurs and is indicative of injury in dog and mice brains. Air pollution may have lasting effects and individuals may wish to do as much as they can to reduce their exposure to these types of toxins.

  • Enforcement fails for New York City idling law meant to reduce toxic tailpipe fumes

    The New York State Environmental Law (ECL) prohibits heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and buses from idling for more than five minutes at a time. Additions were later made to the law to include passenger vehicles as well.

    By 2009, the city passed stricter regulations and allowed drivers only one minute to turn off their engines if they were across the street from a school. The law was passed to improve New York City's air quality by decreasing the production of toxic tailpipe fumes as asthma development in city children rose above national levels.

    However, both CNN and NewYorkCBSlocal report a lack of enforcement of the law, leading to even greater air pollution levels. Schools may wish to invest in an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce toxin levels within the building.

    According to CBSNewYork, the NYPD issued 2,210 tickets for idling in Manhattan last year, of which 66 were issued in Queens, 34 in Brooklyn and just 12 in the Bronx.

    "When NYPD wants to enforce the law, it enforces the law… it’s been pretty clear, if you look at the data…12 tickets across the whole Bronx in a year? They’re not enforcing the law," Rich Kassal of the Natural Resources Defense Council told the news source.

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