Fresh Air News

  • Utah group requests air-quality study

    As air quality grows as a concern for many across the country, some advocate groups are pushing back against new industry until environmental impact can be determined. Some residents in Sevier County are asking state regulators to monitor the area's air pollution levels before finalizing a permit for a new power plant in Sigard, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

    The proposed gas-fire electric plant is predicted to produce an estimated 977 tons of pollution each year. However, groups are questioning the accuracy of this prediction, remaining adamant about monitoring the region's air quality before and after the plant's installation to determine its exact impact.

    "If they do not choose to do an actual study of the air here, we may be forced to challenge the permit," Dick Cumiskey, president of Sevier Citizens for Clean Air and Water, told the news source.

    Area residents concerned about the negative health effects of a nearby plant may want to consider investing in a home air purifier. Units such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can remove soot, pollution and other everyday toxins that can make their way into the average house.

  • Wildfire air pollution decreases air quality in Washington

    The recent dry climate has sparked wildfires across Washington and Oregon. According to the Department of Ecology (DOE) in Washington state, air quality monitors in the region of central and eastern portions of the state are showing high levels of fine particulate matter,  far beyond healthy levels.

    "Wildfires are dumping smoke on us and the weather forecast is not indicating a change anytime soon, so this smoke could be around for awhile," said Karen Wood, manager of DOE's Air Quality Program in Washington’s 13 easternmost counties.

    The wildfires are creating a significant amount of smoke and fine debris. According to the source, local residents should consider spending the majority of their time indoors. A home or building outfitted with an air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can alleviate an individual's risk of breathing in fine particulate matter.

    Smoke from wildfires can travel hundreds of miles and impact the health of everyone, but especially at-risk are groups such as children, the elderly and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. By investing in a home air purifier, a homeowner in can feel safe and secure that he or she is breathing in healthy, clean air.

  • Florida takes the number 6 spot in Toxic Air Top 20 list

    A recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council listed Florida as the sixth-worst state in the nation for toxic air pollution, the Gasparilla Gazette reports. The state's electric sector ranked number six in industrial toxic air pollution in 2010, emitting approximately 16.7 million pounds of harmful chemicals into the air. This made up about 57 percent of Florida's overall state pollution level and 5 percent of all toxic pollution from U.S. industrial power plants.

    Despite the poor ranking, the state has seen air quality improvements between 2009 and 2010. For example, there has been a 4 percent drop in mercury pollution levels.

    "Toxic pollution is already being reduced as a result of EPA's health-protecting standards," John Walke, NRDC clean air director, told the news source. "Thanks to the agency's latest safeguards, millions of children and their families in the states hardest hit by toxic air pollution from power plants will be able to breathe easier.''

    Homeowners concerned about the health effects of poor air quality can invest in a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can drastically reduce indoor toxin levels and promote a healthy lifestyle.

  • Air quality levels impact children's safety

    The physical environment children live in can have a significant impact on their health. Exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and fine particulate matter can cause respiratory illnesses like asthma, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

    The source claims that in 2010, 67 percent of children  up to a maximum age of 17 years old lived in counties with air pollution levels above one or more current air quality standards set by the federal or state government. This is up from 59 percent in 2009 but down from the 77 percent recorded in 2003.

    A high concentration of air pollutants in a home can lead to physical and developmental problems in children that can affect them for the rest of their lives. Parents concerned about the impact of low air quality can invest in an IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. The medical-grade unit is an efficient addition to any home and can improve the health and wellbeing of any child at any age.

  • How to track air pollution levels in your metro area

    With the summer’s heat increasing ozone and air pollution levels across America, many people may want to consider taking precautionary measures. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a website that is updated daily to provide people with information about how polluted the air is outside.

    The website was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. National Park Service and other local and state agencies. Air pollution levels reported on the AGI website are calculated by the EPA and cover five major air pollutants - ground-level ozone, particulate pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. Air pollution levels are reported for over 300 metro areas in the United States.

    There is a number of negative health effects caused by  increased ozone levels and other pollutants. As a result, an individual may want to consider checking air pollution levels on the AIRNow website and investing in a home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of pollutants within a home.

  • Alaskan voters to decide air pollution issue

    Soon, Alaskan voters in Fairbanks will have the opportunity to decide whether air pollution should be regulated in the region, the Daily News Miner reports. A local group is opposed to the idea of setting a new standard that would require all new heating stoves to feature clean-burning designs. In addition, the proposal prohibits the burning of chemically treated wood, railroad ties, garbage and various other unapproved fuel sources.

    Named the Home Heating Initiative, the bill will be placed on the October ballot, and residents will vote whether or not to approve the standard.  This recent initiative goes beyond current state and federal requirements, and as such, not all politicians happy.

    "The administration failed to enact the full scope of intent of the last initiative. This language should make their deliberation process quite easy. The bottom line is the borough should not take on duties already handled by the state Department of Environmental Conservation," Representative Tammie Wilson told the news source. "A new layer of bureaucracy is unnecessary; the state has the mandate and the resources to address air quality."

    Regardless of whether the initiative passes or not, property owners in the area can invest in medical-grade home air purifiers to ensure the indoor air they are breathing is safe and clean. The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can remove fine particulate matter from the air for a better respiration.

  • U.S. Senator asks EPA to reject new particulate standards

    U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe asked the Environmental Protection Agency to reject a court settlement that passed and required the EPA to set new particulate matter standards that are due by December 14, 2012, Tulsa World reports. The original settlement was between a coalition of 11 states, who pursued a lawsuit against the agency for failing to place new air quality standards.

    The senator asked the administration to delay decision-making until one year after the EPA inspector general’s office completes an ongoing investigation on what he referred to as "alarming evidence of EPA abuse of scientific information and mismanagement of its Clear Air Act Scientific Advisory Committee," according to the news source.

    "The proposed settlement provides ammunition to EPA critics who charge that the agency manipulates regulatory litigation to thwart public comment and interagency review," Inhofe wrote.

    As the air quality standards continue to remain under debate, homeowners can protect themselves and their loved ones by investing in a medical-grade home air purifier. A unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can reduce the presence of indoor air pollutants.

  • Washington-backed air pollution plan proposed to slow climate change

    A Washington-led plan to cut soot and other air pollution has gained the support of seven other nations. According to senior U.S. officials, the effort is being made to "buy time" and develop a solution to the world’s growing pollution problem, Reuters reports.

    Seven countries have formally backed the plan - Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Jordan. The U.S.-led Climate and Clean Air Initiative has increased membership since the plan was initiated in February 2012.

    "If we are able to do this we could really buy time in the context of the global problem to combat climate change," said Jonathan Pershing, U.S. deputy special envoy for climate change, according to the news source.

    As global warming continues to worry world leaders, strategies are being crafted to reduce soot pollution, heat-trapping methane, ground level ozone and HFC gases. These and other common toxins have a direct impact on air quality in a region. According to the experts, air pollution may be responsible for about six million deaths a year.

    Homeowners concerned about the impact of air pollution on their direct health can invest in IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers. The medical-grade machines can reduce the presence of common toxins indoors and help keep residents happy and healthy.

  • New energy plants could increase air pollution

    The Chesapeake Energy company may soon build new compressor stations in Ohio County, The Herald-Star reports. The business is seeking permission  from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality to release several pollutants from four of its Ohio County well sites. The DEP plans to approve the permit requests but is allowing the public to discuss the project and bring up any potential concerns. Each site will have slightly different pollution standards. According to the news source, the requirements depend on the type of particulate matter being produced at each location.

    "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has primacy to regulate air emissions from all industries, including oil and gas operations, to protect public health and the environment. Chesapeake works with the agency on a regular basis to comply with, and usually exceed, the requirements," Stacey Brodak, Chesapeake's senior director of corporate development, told the news source.

    Homeowners concerned about impact compressor stations and energy-source development sites can invest in a home air purifier. IQAir Air Purifiers can reduce the presence of toxic air pollutants. In addition, the high-quality device can remove common respiratory aggravators such as pollen, dust and mold.

  • Company fined for failing to meet air quality standards

    State and federal agencies are serious about curbing air pollution levels across the United States. Chevron USA Inc. will pay a civil penalty of $231,875 following a settlement over the organization’s alleged violations of air pollution laws, Legal Newsline reports.

    The Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Protection Agency filed complaints against the business that claimed the Perth Amboy asphalt refinery violated state and federal air quality standards. The fine may be all that is needed to ensure the corporation invests in the new technology required to reduce pollution output.

    "We are committed to working with DEP to ensure compliance with New Jersey's air quality and other pollution control laws," Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a statement, according to the news source. "This collaborative effort is critical to protecting our environment and preserving the quality of life of New Jersey residents."

    Homeowners in the vicinity of plants can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of particulate matter indoors. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers can improve the air quality within a home, which will support a more healthy lifestyle for everyone in the family.

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