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  • Air pollution levels at unhealthy rate in Fairbanks, Alaska

    Fine particulate pollution levels in Fairbanks, Alaska, have reached unhealthy levels. The Daily News-Miner reports that the classifications and warnings issued to local residents are intended to notify individuals of the problem. Residents who are considered sensitive, like those with asthma, poor lung function, bronchitis or other respiratory conditions, are advised to stay inside and try to limit physical exertion.

    Pollution levels in the North Pole have surpassed federal standards. Despite the breach, county officials are not worried about the air quality violation hurting the region's ability to obtain federal grants. Federal funding can often be pulled from municipal projects in regions that fail to comply with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

    According to the news source, the Fairbanks region is classified by the EPA as non-compliant with federal quality standards.

    In 2012, the North Pole's air pollution levels have reached unhealthy levels three times. Homeowners concerned about the impact of fine particulate matter on their health can invest in IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers. The home purifier can easily reduce the presence of common pollutants from a house.

  • Allegheny County air pollution guidelines could change

    On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Allegheny County Board of Health will vote on new air pollution guidelines. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that if the board approves the new regulations, the new guidelines will replace those set in place in 1988.

    The new rules will help the Allegheny County Health Department regulate and disperse industry-approval permits to businesses in the region. The news source claims that the backing of the new fine particulate matter restrictions could improve the health of local residents - especially those with respiratory conditions like asthma or bronchitis.

    According to a report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June 2009, residents in Clairton and Glassport, two towns in Allegheny County, are 20 times more likely to develop cancer from air pollutants than the average American citizen.

    Homeowners in Allegheny County are exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter that could increase their risk of developing cancer, having a heart attack or decreasing lung function. By purchasing IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers, a person can decrease his or her exposure to harmful pollutants.

  • Winter pollution season kicks off

    The first day of November marked the beginning of the winter pollution season. From now until April 1, 2013, residents in the Salt Lake City area are required to follow wood-burning mandates that impose restrictions during certain periods.

    The Desert News reports that Utah state environmental officials have also been debating whether the county needs to worry about the amount of fine particulate matter that can accrue at any point during the winter. The proposal suggests vehicle emission testing in Cache County, tighter dust controls and new limits on battery emissions.

    "This plan is likely to have a greater impact on public health than any other state action for the next several decades, and yet the plan utterly fails to protect Wasatch Front residents," a joint statement released by Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment and Western Resource Advocates stated, according to the news source.

    During winter, when pollution levels can suddenly spike due to new weather patterns, homeowners may want to use a home air purifier. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter within a home and help deliver a cleaner living environment to residents.

  • Air pollution from Puget Sound in Seattle on the decline

    The hub of water transportation in Seattle, known as the Puget Sound, is now producing less air pollution than ever. The Seattle Times reports that five years ago, scientists discovered that approximately one-third of the air pollution around the metro area was linked to bay traffic from tugs, ferry boats, oceangoing vessels, trucks, trains and forklifts all operating out of the Puget Sound.

    Now, thanks to the regulations put in place by city officials and state and federal government, air quality has improved in the greater Seattle area.
    "Federal regulations have helped, but we set goals to go way beyond that and we are," Stephanie Jones Stebbins, director of seaport environmental planning at the Port of Seattle, told the news source.

    Toxic exhaust levels from heavy trucks is down more than 50 percent, exhaust from trains is down 25 percent and pollution levels from oceangoing ships is down 16 percent, according to the news source.

    Decreases in air pollution levels will improve the quality of life of locals. However, with the amount of traffic coming through the Puget Sound, there is no current way to completely eradicate air pollution. By purchasing a home air purifier a Seattle resident can protect himself or herself from the damaging effects of air pollution.

  • Wood-burning restrictions effective November 1

    The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District has imposed wood-burning restrictions in Sacramento County for the past six years to reduce the volume of fine particulate matter in the region. In 2012, the restrictions will go into effect on November 1, 2012 and last until February 28, 2013, according to The Sacramento Bee.

    The burning of firewood is limited to help the region meet federal air quality standards. The news source claims that these rules impact both residential and commercial properties and their ability to burn firewood, pellets, manufactured logs or any other solid waste.

    Locals are expected to refer to air quality conditions posted on county resource websites before burning any solid matter.

    While the wood-burning limitations are meant to improve air quality in the region, homeowners may find themselves impacted by the fine particulate matter. Poor air quality can aggravate many common respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis. Hepa Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of common air pollutants caused by wood burning, traffic and other sources. Medical-grade quality home air purifiers can benefit a homeowner and his or her family.

  • New study connects air pollution and atherosclerosis

    According to a new steady out of the University of Washington, long-term exposure to air pollution may be an important factor in the development of atherosclerosis. Medpage Today reports that the presence of fine particulate matter at a 3 µg/m3, less than 2.5 µg in diameter, led to blood flow problems and decreased lung function. The respiratory changes were similar to what long-term smokers undergo.

    "We found that long-term exposure to [fine particulate matter] might produce chronic changes in the brachial artery that negatively affects its ability to react to shear stress, primarily from [nitric oxide]-mediated endothelial dysfunction," Ranjini M. Krishnan, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle told the news source.

    The presence of air pollution in a home can have a drastic impact on an individual’s health, and without proper care a person may find himself or herself developing ailments or experiencing respiratory issues. Purchasing a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of common pollutants and increase residents’ quality of life.

  • Air pollution standards could impact local farmers

    Air pollution concerns in the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles basin may result in local famers having to replace their tractors and other diesel equipment in the next few years. The Oroville Mercury-Register reports that tractor rules are the latest pieces of a new series of regulations meant to curb rising air pollution levels in the region.

    The Butte County Air Quality Management District board received the news after a request was made to review the history of air pollution controls imposed on local famers. The proposed rules would mean that many small farmers would have to invest in newer equipment that is outfitted with the latest in pollution-control equipment.

    Changes such as the replacement of older diesel models are the result of initiatives to improve air quality in the San Joaquin Valley. Pollution levels in this region are historically high, which is why many government officials, medical professionals and environmentalists are concerned. The health impacts of fine particulate matter are vast and can impact people all over the region.

    Homeowners concerned about the low air quality of the area can buy a home air purifier to reduce the presence of pollutants in the house. The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is a high-quality machine that could have a positive impact on the health of a homeowner and his or her family.

  • New winter air quality plan restricts burning in San Joaquin Valley

    Projects scheduled for completion in the San Joaquin Valley may be in jeopardy if the area's air quality falls short of new federal quality standards. The Modesto Bee reports that the remake of Highway 99's interchange and other large highway improvements could be cut due to federal funding retractions if the valley's air quality fails to pass muster.

    Valley officials have proposed increases to wintertime fireplace restrictions to better ensure pollution levels in the region remain within an acceptable range. The new plan would impact home wood burning, restaurants that charbroil, lawn-care providers, asphalt companies and some local farmers, the news source reports.

    In addition, scientists predict that the restrictions may only leave 28 days for wood burning if the new plan goes into effect.

    "It's going to be a big issue," Bill O'Brien, a Stanislaus County supervisor and chairman of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's governing board, told the news source.

    As air quality becomes an increasingly important concern in the valley, property owners may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. A unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter, a common result of wood burning, in a house.

  • Exposure to air pollution caused by traffic linked to decreased lung function in children

    A recent study suggests that infants exposed to air pollution from traffic are more likely to experience decreased lung function through the age of eight. Medical News Today reports that about 1,900 children were monitored for the study from the time they were born until they turned eight.

    "Earlier studies have shown that children are highly susceptible to the adverse effects of air pollution and suggest that exposure early in life may be particularly harmful," Researcher Göran Pershagen, MD, PhD and professor at the Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine told Medical News Today.

    Pershagen went on to say that the results of the survey suggest that exposure to traffic-related air pollution during the first few years of life was often associated with decreased lung function - especially in male children or those with allergen sensitivities.

    Homeowners living near large throughways or near busy intersections can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of traffic-related air pollution in a house. A unit like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can limit a family's exposure to pollutants that could lead to medical consequences.

  • Winter-blend gas will not negatively impact California air quality

    A recent decision from Governor Jerry Brown to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California to increase supply and lower record-high pump prices will not result in decreased air quality. The Washington Post reports that the California Air Resources Board announced its support of the claim after they analyzed the data.

    Brown believes the decision to sell the dirtier winter-blend gasoline earlier in the year is vital to lessening the financial burden on California residents. According to AAA, the average price for regular gas reached $4.668 on October 8, 2012 in the coastal state.

    "This action is necessary to address the extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstance," said the board. "(It) is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety or general welfare."

    The Merced Sun-Star reports that California typically converts to the winter-gas blend on October 31. However, due to new circumstances, the mixture will soon be sold across the state. In areas with traditionally high levels of air pollution, environmental experts were concerned the switch could have a negative impact on air quality. Property owners with a similar concern can purchase a home air purifier to reduce the pollutants commonly found indoors.

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