Fresh Air News

  • Alaska parents and teachers fight against air pollution

    Parents and teachers at Woodriver Elementary School in Alaska's Fairbanks North Star Borough are trying to eliminate air pollution from the area. According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the elementary school was severely hit by wintertime smoke, and local parents and educators have formed a committee to help combat air quality issues.

    A recently approved proposal prevents officials in the borough from enforcing air pollution regulations on home heating devices. However, parents and teachers are reaching out to state administrators to help relieve air pollution problems that have been shown to cause health problems.

    "As the parents, once we started looking into it more it was really concerning," local parent Carrie Dershin told the news source. "Seeing the levels and seeing how extremely poor it was for all the children was really concerning."

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  • Massachusetts printing company cited for alleged clean air violations

    Suddekor Inc., a printing firm located in Agawam, Massachusetts, was recently fined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for allegedly violating the Federal Clean Air Act. EPA officials noted that the company's facility could potentially emit sufficient pollutants to be subject to the act's National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Printing and Publishing Facilities. Additionally, these administrators said the business would require a Title V operating permit under the Clean Air Act.

    The recent penalty imposed against Suddekor requires the company to submit a plan to the EPA about how it will reduce hazardous air pollutant emissions over time. Suddekor representatives said the company will use more environmentally friendly inks to help lower these emissions.

    In 1970, federal officials passed the Clean Air Act to alter the government's role in controlling air pollution. The regulation led to the creation of four major regulatory programs and comprehensive federal and state regulations to limit emissions from industrial and mobile sources.

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  • Iowa city targets air quality improvements

    In November 2012, sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels in Muscatine, Iowa, exceeded the standards established by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Ambient Air Monitoring Group. According to the Muscatine Journal, the city had 308.8 parts per billion for SO2, which equates to roughly an air quality index of more than 200, during a measurement on November 10.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that sulfur dioxide in the air comes primarily from activities associated with the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil at power plants or from copper smelting. SO2 can cause numerous health problems, including breathing, nose and throat issues, and Muscatine officials intend to improve the city's air quality.

    Jessica Brackett, executive director of Clean Air Muscatine, said that city officials are working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve the higher-than-average SO2 levels in the area. The EPA established a February 2013 deadline for the state's Department of Natural Resources to develop a strategy for reducing air pollution in Iowa.

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  • EPA promotes public involvement in Texas air-pollution permits

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging Texas residents to become actively involved in helping the state control air pollution at power plants and other industrial facilities. According to the Houston Chronicle, the agency approved revised regulations for the Lone Star State's power plants and refineries on November 30, 2012.

    EPA officials noted that the public plays a role in the permit-approval process, and residents can offer input before a company receives a state-issued permit. Ron Curry, a local administrator with the EPA, said that public participation is essential for the agency's Clean Air Act to be successful. Amendments from this regulation are designed to help people avoid the dangers of air pollution, and under the recently accepted Texas legislation, agency representatives said they hope state residents will have easier access to documents and other information related to pending permits.

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  • First-ever no-burn alert issued for Southland

    For the first time ever, a no-burn alert order has been issued for Southland. A majority of the Los Angeles population is being asked to not light wood-burning fireplaces or open fire pits. The Los Angeles Times reports that the intent of the restriction is to reduce the levels of air pollution surrounding the city.

    The new program was adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and applies to residents in West Hollywood, Burbank, the downtown area and many in the eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley. Violating the order comes with a $50 fine for first-time offenders.

    "Over 1 million homes actively use fireplaces to burn wood in Los Angeles,'' Sam Atwood, an agency spokesman at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, told the news source. "That results in four times the particulate pollution created by all of the power plants in the basin."

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  • Most common air pollutants in America

    Americans concerned about the presence of air pollution in their community can monitor the posted concentrations of the six most common pollutants in the United Stated. The Environmental Protection Agency tracks levels of ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and lead.

    The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for these six pollutants because they can be harmful to people's health and the environment and even cause property damage. These pollutants are tracked in two ways: by air concentration levels based on actual measurements of pollutant concentration in outside air at selected monitoring sites and by emission estimates made by experienced engineers and scientists.

    The limits based on human health requirements are referred to as primary standards. Another set of regulated levels, called secondary standards, is intended to prevent environmental and property damage.

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  • Link between autism and air pollution strengthens

    New research shows that children with autism are two to three times more likely than other children to have been previously exposed to air pollution during infancy. Time Magazine reports that the study's findings were published in the Archives of General Psychiatry and show a link between early exposure to air pollution and autism spectrum disorders.

    "We're not saying that air pollution causes autism. We're saying it may be a risk factor for autism," Heather Volk, lead author on the new study and an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, told the news source. "Autism is a complex disorder and it’s likely there are many factors contributing."

    The news source claims that researchers analyzed 500 children living in California. According to the study, children in the top 25 percent of pollution exposure were more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder than kids in the bottom 25 percent of the pollution level scale.

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  • Air pollution warning issued for southwestern New Hampshire

    Air pollution levels rose to unhealthy levels in southwestern New Hampshire during peak holiday travel times last week. As a result, officials from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services advised that sensitive individuals in the region take precautions and protect their health by limiting exposure, reports The Keene Sentinel.

    The elderly, young children and those afflicted with respiratory conditions like asthma or bronchitis should consider spending time indoors and limiting strenuous activity when air quality warnings are released. According to the news source, the department forecast high concentration levels of fine particulate matter due to temperature conditions and increased travel volumes.

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  • Air pollution negatively impacts seniors' health

    Many people already know that air pollution is a particular problem for vulnerable groups like senior citizens. However, new research indicates that fine particulate matter may actually be detrimental to seniors' cognitive abilities.

    According to researchers, older adults may be more vulnerable to the negative health effects of air pollution exposure than middle age people due to age-related declines in body functions. The study found that someone over the age of 50 who lives in an area with high levels of air pollution has a decreased ability to retain and apply information, according to Fun Education.

    "Air pollution has been linked to increased cardiovascular and respiratory problems, and even premature death, in older populations, and there is emerging evidence that exposure to particulate air pollution may have adverse effects on brain health and functioning as well," Jennifer Ailshire, a researcher at National Institute on Aging, told the source.

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  • Study finds designated smoking areas ineffective

    The Washington Dulles International Airport is not only one of the busiest are transportation hubs in the United States, but it is also one of the smokiest. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, busy American airports that allow smoking in designated terminal areas register air pollution levels five times higher than completely smoke-free airports.

    NewsChannel 8 reports that areas designated for smoking in the airport such as certain bars, restaurants and other rooms registered pollution levels 23 times higher than in smoke-free airports despite the installation of air pollution control technology such as high-end ventilation systems.

    "The findings...further confirm that ventilated smoking rooms and designated smoking areas are not effective," Dr. Tim McAfee, the director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, told the news source.

    Raised air pollution levels from smoking are a growing concern among travelers and homeowners. People who rent apartments or own condos in combined buildings may find smoke lingering from past tenants or coming from connecting ventilation shafts. Using a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air purifier can reduce the presence of fine particulate matter in a home.

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