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  • Hess to spend $46 million to settle air pollution allegations

    Allegations filed against Hess Corp. by the Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the company increased harmful emissions has been resolved. Hess had been accused of violating the Clean Air Act by making unauthorized modifications to its petroleum refinery in Port Reading, New Jersey.

    The energy company has agreed to spend more than $45 million in new pollution controls and will pay an additional $850,000 in civil penalties.

    “This agreement will improve air quality for New Jersey residents by requiring Hess to install advanced pollution control and monitoring technology and adopt more stringent emission limits,” Ignacia Moreno, the head of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources division, said in a statement.

    The new controls are estimated to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 181 tons a year. High levels of these pollutants have a significant impact on the health and well-being of residents and increase smog levels. Concerned homeowners can invest in a home air purifier to reduce exposure, which can exasperate respiratory conditions or increase a person’s risk of stroke or heart attack.

  • California air quality has improved in last decade

    According to a report released by a state association of regional air district officers, California air pollution reached unhealthy levels less often in 2011 than a decade prior, reports ABC KGO-TV San Francisco. The report shows that 2011 had 74 percent fewer days of “unhealthy air” across the state compared to 2000.

    "We recognize that we have a long way to go in some of these air districts, but we have made a lot of progress," said Kenneth Koyama, executive director of the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, which published the report. "Some districts have gone down to one unhealthy day in the past year for air-quality purposes, and others have actually had zero unhealthy days."

    However, while unhealthy air pollution levels have decreased significantly in the past decade, many California cities feature poor air quality. Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of air pollution can invest in a home air purifier. Units such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifier can reduce long-term exposure to toxins that are known to irritate respiratory illnesses such as asthma, decrease lung function, increase the risk of heart attack or stroke and even cancer.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency issues its first air pollution standard for "fracking"

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the first national standard to reduce air pollution linked to hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday, reports The controversial practice commonly referred to as "fracking" forces fluid into a well to break rocks and release natural gas.

    The new standards will take full effect in 2015, and it is estimated that they will drastically cut the production of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which contribute to smog by 190,000 to 290,000 tons and  add 12,000 to 15,000 tons of benzene to the atmosphere annually.

    "[The standards] will reduce smog-forming air pollution along with cancer-causing air toxins," said Gina McCarthy, an assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the news source. "Smog formation has been linked to various health ills including asthma attacks, emergency room visits and premature deaths."

    Homeowners located near fracking well sites can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas to reduce their exposure to toxic chemicals. While the new regulation will decrease emissions of VOCs from wells by 95 percent, according to Bloomberg, they won’t completely go into effect until 2015. Unfortunately, even three years of exposure can lead to negative health effects.

  • Pregnant mothers' exposure to air pollution may boost risk of obesity in kids

    In a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, scientists at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University have linked exposure to air pollution during pregnancy to an increased chance of obese children, reports Time.

    Common chemicals referred to as endocrine disruptors are included in air pollution compounds such as BPA, phthalates and parabens and can interfere with the production of hormones such as estrogen.

    "Obesity is really, really complicated. I think we have to embrace the idea that the obesity epidemic is not just about you and me making personal choices that are not good for us, or moms making bad choices for kids. It’s a far more complicated problem than that, and environmental chemicals may play a role as one piece of the problem," Andrew Rundle, study researcher and associate professor of epidemiology, told the news source.

    For those who live in urban areas or near highways, there is a chance that increased long-term exposure to air pollutants will lead to health problems. Protect yourself and your children with a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce the presence of toxins in the home.

  • New study indicates a link between air pollution and tuberculosis

    Findings in a recent study correlate a potential link between exposure to common urban air pollutants and a change in the function of immune cells required to protect the body from bacteria that causes tuberculosis, reports Zee News.

    According to scientists from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, exposure to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) suppresses the function of phagocytic immune cells (blood cells that ingest foreign particles such as bacteria) on a cellular level.

    "In laboratory experiments using DEP generated from an automobile diesel engine as model air pollutant particles, and blood samples gathered from 20 healthy individuals, we demonstrated that exposure to DEP makes cells less responsive," Dr. Stephan Schwander, lead researcher of the study, told the news source.

    Homeowners living in urban airs concerned with the health risks linked to air pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce risk by limiting exposure. Breathing in contaminated air that is rife with pollutants such as diesel exhaust particles can irritate respiratory conditions, lead to the development of asthma, some cancers and increase stroke and heart attack risk. To keep you and your family safe, purchase an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • EPA proposes new national air pollution standard

    The Environmental Protection Agency proposed updated regulations to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants. It is the first step toward facilitating the development of new technology and safety controls. By creating these standards, corporations will have the incentive to improve the performance and integration of the advancements in new power plants that are not yet online.

    "Today we’re taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us into a new era of American energy," said EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put into our skies – and the health and economic threats of a changing climate continue to grow."

    If you’re concerned about the negative impacts of older power plants on you health and that of your family, invest in a home air purifier. These new national standards proposed by the EPA are only in the first stage of planning and have rounds of challenges, evaluations and development in store for them in the coming years. By the time they are fully in use, your long-term exposure to smog and harmful pollutants could have already negatively impacted your health. Purchase the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier – it’s an investment in yourself.

  • Jefferson Twp. plant under review for air quality violations

    The Jefferson Twp. plant, owned by Clean Water Ltd., is under review again by the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) for violating a 2007 consent decree requiring the plant to limit the materials it accepts for processing, reports the Dayton Daily News.

    The plant accepted the task of recycling 58,060 gallons of refinery oil, which included high levels of smelly hydrogen sulfide in February – causing an increase in complaints from locals. Company officials claim processing improvements are being made to reduce further nuisance. However, the RAPCA and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon be looking over the plant’s processes.

    "Either [earlier] measures weren’t followed or they weren’t good enough," RAPCA Administrator John Paul told the Dayton Daily News. "They are to tell us how they’re to correct the problem. We’re not satisfied with the progress they’ve made to date."

    Locals in the area have complained in the past of strong odors and fumes causing nausea, headaches, dizziness and breathing problems. Residents can invest in an IQAir GC MultiGas home air purifier to address the hazardous smells and toxins and improve health by reducing exposure to harmful substances.

  • Deadline extended on drilling-related air pollution standards

    The court-ordered deadline of April 3 for New Source Performance Standards to reduce pollution from oil and gas drilling was extended to April 17 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposed rules involve several technologies previously not subject to federal regulations, such as hydraulic fracturing, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.

    The new rules would result in the reduction of toxic emissions such as volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the wells required for fracking. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and other industry leaders are trying to post pone the deadline for years or gain exemption from specific components.

    "I want to be clear that we are not opposing the rule but stating that the rule needs to change in key areas to avoid negative impacts to domestic production and job creation,” said Jack Gerard, API president and chief executive officer.

    Investing in a home air purifier can drastically reduce a family’s long-term exposure to toxic chemicals that can have dehabilitating effects and even be fatal. The IQAir GC MultiGas addresses the chemicals and oil and gas drilling can release to improve inhabitant’s overall health.

  • Refinery agrees to limit pollution to comply with Clean Air Act

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s (MPC) compliance to reduce air pollution from all six of the company’s refineries as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    The company will invest in new pollution control technology for combustion devices, known as flares, to reduce the volume of waste gases. Marathon’s headquarters in Findlay, Ohio will also pay a civil penalty of $460,000.

    Marathon installed control technology that, between 2008 and 2011 alone, reduced volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 4,720 tons and eliminated approximately 110 tons of hazardous air pollutants from the surrounding environment. Moving ahead, the new requirements would  reduce pollution levels even further.

    According to the EPA, HAPs or toxic air pollutants are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. In addition, they may cause birth defects and other adverse environmental conditions. Homeowners concerned about the impact a refinery can have should invest in a home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas can control the presence of chemicals and gases that can enter the home and prevent long-term exposure to dangerous toxins.

  • Proposed compressor station could negatively impact air quality in Pennsylvania

    A proposed compressor station in Frazer, could add further air quality issues to the state of Pennsylvania. With 385 stations already in place, the machinery used to compress and move gas through pipelines releases air pollutants that compound the state's demanding ozone problem, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    "By itself, this compressor station is a relatively, truly minor source of pollution," Jim Thompson, manager of Allegheny County's Air Quality Program, which is studying a permit application for a compressor station in Frazer, told the news source. "That's the whole problem with Marcellus shale. By themselves, they're relatively insignificant. But when you put them all together, then you may have a very large effect."

    Air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides mix with the atmosphere and create irritants that can damage lung tissue and lead to respiratory diseases and asthma, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homeowners concerned about the effects of air pollutants may wish to invest in the IQ Air GC MultiGas. Home air purifiers such as this one control chemicals and gases present in a house to improve the overall air quality of the space. 

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