Fresh Air News

  • Diamond Bar to receive air quality grant to replace old diesel trucks

    The Diamond Bar-based South Coast Air Quality Management District will receive a $1 million grant as part of the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act of 2005. The Pasadena Star reports that the funds are intended to remove older diesel trucks from Southern California highways.

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that air in the four-county Los Angeles base will see a reduction of 11.79 tons of nitrogen oxides, 0.28 tons of tiny diesel particulate matter, 1.16 tons of hydrocarbons, 5.61 tons of carbon monoxide and 707 tons of carbon dioxide if older diesel trucks are removed from the roads.

    Diesel vehicles will be replaced with more modern vehicles that have been outfitted with clean technology. Trucks that qualify for replacement have to be at least 10 years old and can’t be retrofitted with new air quality controls. By removing these vehicles from the road, air pollution levels will decrease around the region, which will improve the quality of life of many locals.

    Traffic-related pollution can easily find its way indoors. Homeowners concerned about the negative health impacts of fine particulate matter can invest in home air purifier like IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers.

  • 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.

  • Cutting air pollution can reduce future costs

    Improving air quality is not only an investment in the environment and for people's health - the venture can also reduce future expenses. According to C. Arden Pope, a Brigham Young University economist, for every dollar spent on cutting air pollution there are approximately $10 in savings.

    The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Pope claims air quality improvement spending will lead to a decrease in healthcare costs and expenses related to premature deaths.

    "What I do know is responsible efforts to clean up the air can make large contributions to human health, and they can reduce pollution-related health costs," Pope told the news source.

    While this news could impact the actions of businesses and government agencies, it might also prompt individuals to consider investing in a home air purifier.

    Homeowners interested in improving the air quality around them can purchase a home air purifier to reduce the presence of fine particulate matter and common pollutants. A model like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier could not only improve your health for the sake of advancing your quality of life, but it can also reduce future expenses down the road.

  • Utah's air pollution controls could get a boost

    State officials in Utah are contemplating stricter controls on industrial pollution emissions. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that a sooty layer of pollution often settles in the heavily-populated area of Wasatch Front for weeks at a time. The natural shape of the region resembles a basin and traps smog and particulate matter, which can increase residents' exposure to poor air quality.

    Consequently, environmental groups and some state officials are calling for stricter emission standards to reduce pollution levels from 366 tons to 243 tons a day in the greater Salt Lake City region.

    "We'll be seeing huge reductions in emissions over the next five to seven years that really impact us during our winter inversion periods," Utah Division of Air Quality Director Bryce Bird told the news source. "These plans will work."

    Air pollution has been tied to numerous health problems. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, air pollution is associated with pulmonary, cardiac, vascular and neurological impairments. The longer a person is exposed to poor air quality, the greater chance they have of developing a health condition. However, by living in a house with a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier, a person will breath in less pollutants.

  • Glassmaker pays fine to settle air pollution allegations

    The southern New Jersey glassmaker Durand Glass Manufacturing has agreed to pay civil penalties to both state and federal governments to settle air pollution gains. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the enterprise will pay $300,000 to settle the allegations that claimed it had violated air pollution standards. Half of the fine will go to the state government and the other half to federal authorities. However, without a federal judge's consent, the settlement will not go into effect.

    In addition, the firm has installed pollution control equipment at its Millville plant to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 174 tons per year. Particulate matter will also shrink by 24 tons per year. While industry plays a large role in the health of a local economy, poor air quality is sometimes a drawback for area residents.

    Homeowners concerned about the impact of plants, factories or other large commercial properties on air quality can invest in a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier will reduce the presence of fine particulate matter in a home and limit common pollutants.

  • Memphis air pollution programs suffer

    The Commercial Appeal reports that 2012 was one of Memphis' smoggiest summers in years, and local air pollution programs remain in turmoil. Despite the record-high pollution levels reported within the city, air quality programs are under strain.

    The City Council voted in August 2012 to cut the current $2.7 million inspection program after June 30 to reduce strain on an already tight budget. However, Shelby County could take up the slack and impose a new measuring strategy.

    One new plan proposes that Shelby and Memphis residents who own a vehicle should pay a nominal $10 fee to have their vehicles inspected for emissions. However, this is just one proposal out of many.

    For Memphis and Shelby County residents, the idea of living with long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution is concerning. Poor air quality has been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and respiratory distress. Investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier will reduce the presence of harmful toxins within a house.

  • Air quality in your home

    Most people understand that air quality outdoors can be hazardous to a person’s health at times, depending on the conditions outside and the location. Between wildfires blazing out west to smog hovering overhead in the industrial cities of the east, it seems like many parts of the country are consistently working to decrease air pollution.

    However, have you considered the quality of the air in your own home? You might think that the air you’re breathing in your living room or bedroom is safe enough, but it might be more hazardous to your health than you think. According to WebMD, air quality inside homes can be even more polluted than the air outdoors due to dust, mold, fire-retardants, radon, formaldehyde and chemicals in your cleaners and other household items.

    In order to improve the air quality in your house, the United State Environmental Protection Agency suggests trying to improve the ventilation in your home. Open windows and doors and turn on fans when able to increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors.

    If you’re worried about bringing outdoor pollutants inside, try using a home air purifier. A purifier can reduce particulate matter and other toxins in your house to make it a more enjoyable, healthier place to live.

  • Wildfires causing more air pollution

    Lately it seems like you can't turn on the news without seeing something about wildfires in the Midwest and on the West Coast. The latest area to make headlines is northern Utah where multiple wildfires are contributing to an air pollution problem.

    The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that state air-quality officials placed much of northern Utah under a "red" advisory on September 18th due to the smoke coming from the wildfires blazing in central and northern Idaho. The warning covers Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Davis, Tooele and Box Elder counties. A "yellow" advisory is in other counties around the state.

    "Persons with existing heart or respiratory ailments should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity today," the state’s advisory issued Tuesday morning. "Hazy, smoky conditions in northern Utah valleys continue due to upper air transport of smoke from fires that continue to burn in California and Idaho."

    Pictures of the Salt Lake City skyline show the entire metropolitan area is blanketed in smoky haze.  Everyone with sensitive lungs or hearts, such as young or old people, have been advised to stay indoors. It may also be a good idea to keep an air purifier running at this time in homes to capture particulate matter and other harmful toxins.

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