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  • Allegheny County's new air quality standards set for release

    The Allegheny County Board of Health committee has crafted new air quality standards with the intent of raising guidelines to protect the public's health. The proposed regulations would be used to evaluate the impact of industrial emissions from regional industrial plants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The proposal took two years to develop and will be presented to the Health Board on July 11, 2012.

    "We need to wait and see how it works in practice, but I think the proposed policy is a good work product," Joe Osborne, legal director for the Group Against Smog and Pollution, told the news source. "The process included people of different perspectives who came in and worked hard to both produce something we could all agree on, and that also protects the health of Allegheny County residents."

    There are a number of industrial parks and factories in Allegheny County. The proposed regulations could improve regional air quality. However, homeowners looking for a more immediate solution to air toxins can invest in a home air purifier.

  • Renters concerned about home air quality

    According to a new survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, apartment dwellers are more concerned about their air quality than homeowners. A mix of 1,000 home owners and renters were surveyed, and the results showed 16 percent more renter respondents seriously fear health threats posed by poor indoor air quality. 

    "It's possible that because some renters live very close to their neighbors, they worry not only about themselves but also what their neighbors are doing that might impact their safety," said Elissa Schuler-Adair, Ph.D., a manager of survey research at the Consumer Reports National Research Center. "Over 40 percent of renters said they were very concerned about exposure to indoor air pollutants from neighboring dwellings."

    Renters concerned about indoor air quality can invest in a home air purifier to reduce the presence of toxins. Dandruff, smoke and allergens created by previous tenants are often undetectable. However, the effects can be pronounced. Asthma and allergies are easily aggravated by the negative influence of these toxins.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier can promote health for renters and homeowners.

  • Department of Environmental Protection announces air quality warning for all five Pennsylvania regions

    The Department of Environmental Protection and regional air quality entities forecast poor air quality for June 20, 2012 across Pennsylvania. Included in the warning are all five state regions: Lehigh Valley, Pittsburgh, Liberty-Clairton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley.

    Air quality for the day was predicted to reach code Orange levels, which represents unhealthy pollution concentrations. As such, the 24-hour period was labeled as an air quality action day to warn state residents. Locals considered at high risk and vulnerable to the effects of air pollution should limit time spent outside until the warning is lifted. This groups include children, seniors and those afflicted with respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis,

    As summer continues and temperatures rise, the number of days reaching unhealthy levels of air pollution may increase. Ground-level ozone comprised of smog and fine particulate matter forms frequently in warm weather.

    Homeowners living near traffic areas can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier to reduce their risk of breathing in unhealthy pollutants.

  • New EPA laws target soot production

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new air pollution regulations to increase the standards of fine particulate matter or soot. Released on June 15, 2012, the rules are a response to the legal action taken by 11 states and non-governmental organizations to increase air quality standards.

    Supporters of the action declare the proposed regulations will improve public health. Consequently, those opposed claim tightened standards will undermine industry and harm the economy.

    "To protect public health, we have to strengthen the annual standard for fine particles," said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. "Particulate matter is a serious pollutant."

    The new standard would decrease the annual acceptance measurement of soot or fine particulate matter from 15 micrograms per cubic meter to 12 and 13 micrograms. However, a final decision on the matter will not be issued until December 14, 2012.

    While politicians debate the implementation of the standards, homeowners are still breathing unhealthy levels of air pollution. The average person can help protect a residence by investing in a home air purifier. The medical-grade IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier limits toxins present in the home and promotes positive health.

  • EPA air pollution rules face potential repeal

    A controversial air pollution rule designed to limit heavy metal pollutants such as mercury and arsenic released by power plants faces potential repeal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed the Mercury and Air Toxins Standards (MATS) last year. Now, 30 senators referred to as the "Dirty 30" have joined forces to repeal the MATS on the basis that the regulation harms local industry.

    The backing of so many senators is important because, under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), an in committee vote does not require 30 senators to support it. The Senate is scheduled to vote in the next two weeks, WPRI-12 reports.

    Supporters of MATS declare the regulation was put in place to protect the American public from harmful pollutants.

    "The science is clear, and overwhelming evidence shows that particle pollution at levels currently labeled as officially 'safe' causes heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks," said Dr. Albert Rizzo, chairman of the board of the American Lung Association, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Homeowners concerned about the negative health effects of air pollution can invest in a home air purifier. Whether the repeal of the MAT passes or not, selecting a high-end unit such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can reduce a person’s risk of heart attack or stroke caused by environmental influences.

  • New rules could benefit Miami Valley's air quality

    Poor air quality in the Miami Valley could prompt lawmakers to pass new regulations. Pollution levels in parts of the area are close to violating federal air quality requirements, the Springfield News-Sun reports. As a result, new restrictions could be imposed on businesses moving to the region.

    "If the area is (not meeting the standards), there could be restrictions on business growth through the air-permitting process that I think no one wants," Matt Lindsay, manager of environmental planning for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, told the news source.

    In addition to new emission controls, solutions such as engine idling requirements could go into effect.

    Local residents concerned about breathing in polluted air can invest in a home air purifier to reduce their exposure. IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers limit the fine particulate matter that makes up smog caused from roadways. Whether a building is in an urban environment or a rural space, air pollution can find its way into the home. Keep your family safe and healthy by investing in a home air purifier.

  • "My Air, My Health Challenge" hopes to tap American ingenuity

    Men, women and children may soon be able to make smart decisions about the air they breathe. A new initiative supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services is challenging inventors to develop personal, portable air quality sensors to measure an individual’s physiological response to pollution levels.

    "This challenge provides an opportunity to tap into the ingenuity of Americans to build technology to improve health. In the future, these types of personalized devices will enable people to make better informed choices about their own health and their environment," said Glenn Paulson, EPA Science Advisor.

    Researchers hope to gain data on the body’s reaction to pollution levels. Poor air quality has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack or some forms of cancer. Technological advances such as a home air purifier or this personal sensor can promote good health. Homeowners concerned about the negative impact poor air quality can have on their health can invest in IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers to reduce the presence of toxins.

  • Houston fails to make the mark, again

    The greater Houston area failed to meet federal air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), again. The city first fell short by missing a November 2007 deadline to meet a one-hour ozone standard.

    Houston, Galveston and Brazoria counties have once again not met the mark by 1 part per billion (PPB). The goal was 124 PPB or less ozone emissions measured during one hour. However, meeting the EPA’s air quality standard was problematic for the city due to the high number of large refineries and chemical plants in the area.

    The EPA will soon craft a strategic plan of action to reduce pollution levels in the aforementioned counties. Local residents concerned about the negative health effects of poor air quality can invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir GC MultiGas.

    Reducing a family’s exposure to toxic chemicals and fine particulate matter can limit the risk of developing an illness or aggravating pre-existing conditions. Keep your home safe by supporting cleaner indoor air conditions.

  • Air pollution increases risk of recurring cardiac disease

    A recent study found long-term exposure to air pollution increases an individual’s risk of reoccurring heart attacks. According to researcher Dr. Yariv Gerber of Tel Aviv University’s School of Public Health air pollution negatively impacts cardiac illnesses and can prompt repeat episodes.

    Patients who participated in the study and lived in high pollution areas were 40 percent more likely to have a second heart attack compared to those living in low level regions, reports the source.

    "We know that like smoking cigarettes, pollution itself provokes the inflammatory system. If you are talking about long-term exposure and an inflammatory system that is irritated chronically, pollution may well be involved in the progression of atrial sclerosis that manifests in cardiac events," said Gerber, according to Science Daily.

    Homeowners, especially those with a history of cardiac illness, can purchase a home air purifier to reduce their exposure to harmful pollutants. Fine particulate matter, soot and smog - all common air pollutants - are unavoidable for many Americans. Therefore, purchasing a unit such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier is an investment in good health.

  • Federal court gives the EPA a deadline on soot pollution standard

    A federal court recently ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to  approve a proposed update to soot standards within one week. The EPA was brought to court by the American Lung Association and the National Parks Conservation Association. A multistate coalition also sought an update after the EPA missed an October 2011 legal deadline for amending previous standards.

    "We’re truly heartened by today’s court action. The EPA has been sitting on a rule that could save tens of thousands of avoidable premature deaths. This court decision is a win for everyone who breathes," said Earthjustice attorney Paul Cort in a statement.

    Experts have associated soot and other fine particulate matter pollution with tens of thousands of early deaths a year. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management claims approximately 50 state residents die a year from heart disease caused in part by soot pollution. Rhode Island was just one state that participated in the previously mentioned coalition.

    Homeowners wary of the hazy cloud of smog above their heads can invest in a home air purifier to reduce their long-term exposure to soot. By removing the presence of fine particulate matter in the house, a person can feel safer and breathe easier.

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