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  • Settlement finalized between plastics producer and the EPA

    SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC and its subsidiary, SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon LLC, have come to an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The settlement resolves the allegations of SABIC violating the Clean Air Act at plants in Alabama and Indiana.

    The pastics producer will pay approximately $1 million to the EPA and invest in new technology to reduce the emission of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The installation of new valves and pumps should allow the industrial sites to produce less pollution.

    "This compliance program continues our efforts to control fugitive emissions and will require SABIC to upgrade its monitoring and maintenance practices to help prevent future violations," said Robert G. Dreher, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice.

    Concerned homeowners living near industrial plants can invest in a home air purifier to reduce exposure to toxic air pollutants. Until high-quality emission controls are firmly in place, residents can protect themselves and their loved ones with an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier.

  • Climate change impacting air quality

    Have your allergies been acting up this year? Consider laying the blame  on climate change. According to the Star Ledger, increased temperature generates higher levels of ozone, which can keep smog and pollutants close to the earth’s surface. In addition to low air quality, the temperature has sped up plants’ production of pollen, triggering allergic and asthma attacks.

    A coalition of 120 health organizations including the American Lung Association and the American Medical Association are on record for stating:

    "Climate change is a serious public health issue. As temperatures rise, more Americans will be exposed to conditions that can result in illness and death due to respiratory illness, heat-and weather-related stress and disease carried by insects. These health issues are likely to have the greatest impact on our most vulnerable communities, including children, older adults, those with serious health conditions and the most economically disadvantaged."

    Long-term exposure to poor air conditions can negatively impact the health and wellbeing of everyone in a family. If you’re concerned about the risks, you can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of various pollutants in the home.

    IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers are high-quality and efficient units capable of offering complete clean air solutions. Keep you and your family safe with the right home air purifier.

  • Wildfires decrease air quality in Albuquerque

    The recent outburst of wildfires in Arizona and New Mexico has created cause for concern. According to New Mexico Business Weekly, an extended health alert has been issued for Albuquerque due to smoke from May 24 to May 27.

    The Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Division claims southwest winds, a normal air pattern for the area, are expected to move smoke and particulate pollution into Albuquerque and its surrounding area. Experts recommend spending time indoors in a building with an appropriate filtration system.

    Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of air pollution can invest in a high-quality home air purifier. Fine particulate matter caused by wild fires can potentially cause coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, nausea and light-headedness. In addition, it can exasperate existing respiratory conditions.

    Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing lung conditions such as asthma, are particularly susceptible to the negative health effects. Protect your family with IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers and experience the comfort of clean, fresh air.

  • 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.

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