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  • Norovirus Outbreak Sickens Dozens at George Washington University

    Last week, students, faculty and staff from George Washington University were warned to take extra precautions following an outbreak of norovirus on campus.  Approximately 85 cases of the gastrointestinal illness have already been identified.  This latest outbreak is the third this year that has been investigated by the D.C. Department of Health.  In the United States, the Centers ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Illegal asbestos dumping in Arizona leads to fines

    The Maricopa County Superior Court has recently fined a landowner from Prescott, Arizona over $71,000 for illegally disposing of asbestos waste close to an aquifer. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) had charged the individual with ten civil infractions related to the case.Asbestos can be found in a wide range of common building materials from insulation, flooring, ceilings, ...


  • Contractor fined for alleged asbestos violations

    Recently a contractor from Washington was fined tens of thousands of dollars by environmental regulators in Oregon for violating asbestos regulations during an abatement project. The contractor has appealed the fine according to reports from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).The Clean Air Act and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants require contractors to ...


  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Turns to EMSL Analytical, Inc. for Assistance in Legionella Research

    Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 accounts for roughly 90% of legionellosis reported in North America. Recent advances in DNA sequence based typing (SBT) of strains have demonstrated that many fall into closely related sequence types. Because most of CDC’s strains are associated with outbreaks, it is unknown whether the prevalence of these sequence types is due to hypervirulence, ...


  • Identifying Particulate Matter Pollution Hazards in Businesses and Institutions throughout Puerto Rico

    There are many industries across Puerto Rico and the Caribbean that expose workers to elevated levels of particulate matter, also known as PM. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes particulate matter as a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • The holidays trigger indoor allergens & asthma for many

    With the holiday season only a short time away many homes across the country are decorated with Christmas trees, wreaths and a host of other holiday ornaments and decorations. For the 20% of Americans who suffer from allergies and the 22 million who are afflicted by asthma the holiday season can be anything but joyous. For those who suffer from asthma and allergies their afflictions can be ...


  • How to Set Up a Perimeter Monitoring Kit

    It’s that time of year again: construction season!  Which means perimeter monitoring has again become necessary to measure worker exposures to noise, dust, gas emissions, and provide documentation that you’ve implemented procedures to keep the surrounding community safe from these issues. RAECO Rents perimeter ...


    By Raeco Rents

  • Alion Awarded EPA Contract Valued at up to $72 Million to Conduct Research on Human Exposures to Atmospheric Pollutants

    Technology Solutions Company to Help Develop and Analyze Methods for Measuring Pollutants MCLEAN, Va. - Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, was awarded a five-year task-order from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), worth a maximum of $72 million, to continue its work providing research support to assess exposure to atmospheric pollutants and other ...

  • Valley and Butte Fire Response Update 10/28/15

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its federal, state, and local partners continue the assessment and clean-up of household hazardous wastes in the aftermath of the Valley Fire in Lake County, Calif. and the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, Calif. EPA mobilized to the two fire-impacted areas first to clear properties near public schools in Lake County, then more broadly in fire ...

  • Preventing Occupational Exposure Risks to Asphalt Fumes

    The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 500,000 workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt. Asphalt as it known in the United States, or bitumen, as it is called in many other parts of the world, is found in natural deposits or can be obtained by refining crude oil. The primary use of asphalt is for road construction where it is mixed with granular materials ...

  • Preventing another Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in New York

    Just last year, the worst outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York's history claimed a number of lives and infected over 100 people. The outbreak was associated with contaminated cooling towers and resulted in new statewide regulations.  Cooling towers use water to regulate heat exchange throughout the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC). During the cooling ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • New particulate measurement technology enables climate change ‘quick hit’

    More accurate measurement of Black Carbon particles is now within reach of UK local authorities, air quality and climate change researchers and industry thanks to a highly-specified device, newly available via Enviro Technology.   Reducing levels of Black Carbon in the air improves human health and slows climate change. Because it is dark, Black Carbon absorbs a lot of heat from the sun and ...

  • LGR Launches Unique Gas Analyzer for Quantitative Detection of Carbonyl Sulfide (OCS) Anywhere

    Los Gatos Research (LGR), the leader in precision trace gas analyzers, has launched an ultra-sensitive analyzer that provides real-time, direct and automated measurement of carbonyl sulfide (OCS or COS) in ambient air samples with parts-per-trillion precision and at rates as fast as 10 Hz. This new OCS Analyzer also provides simultaneous measurements of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) ...

  • Asbestos Containing Pipes have some Jamaican Residents Demanding Action

    Earlier this month,The Gleanerpublished a story about residents from St. Thomas Parish in Jamaica voicing concerns over old and leaking cement water pipes that contain asbestos and deliver water to their homes.   This type of pipe was once common, but its use was largely discontinued in North America in the 1980s.   While the presence of these types of pipes carrying water and ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Woman Seeks $5 Million after Contracting Legionnaires’ disease

    Last month, Alabama’s ABC 33/40 published a report about a local woman filing a lawsuit against the owners of a motel in Kentucky. The woman claims she got Legionnaires’ disease at the hotel from a contaminated air conditioning unit.  She is seeking $5 million. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a type of bacteria known as Legionella. The bacteria are found ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ‘Harmless` microbes may carry legionella

    Relatively harmless microbes which pass through water treatment systems could be allowing dangerous bacteria such as Legionella to reproduce in drinking water supplies, researchers have warned following an international study. Jacquie Thomas, an environmental engineering PhD student in the University of New South Wales Water Research Centre, and Nicholas Ashbolt of the US Environmental ...


  • EMSL Toronto is Now CDC ELITE Proficient for Legionella Testing

    EMSL Toronto Lab is now Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ELITE Program Proficient. The ELITE Program was created as a way for laboratories to test their Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples. Proficiency status indicates that the lab meets or exceeds typical industry standards for recovery of Legionella. ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA Encourages public to comment on plan for ground water cleanup near new cassel industrial area in Nassau County, N.Y.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its proposed plan to clean up an area of contaminated ground water within the New Cassel/Hicksville Ground Water Contamination Superfund site in the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York. Ground water throughout these areas is contaminated with harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are ...

  • Tracing CO2 elements in the ocean

    The surface waters of the vast Southern Ocean are suffering from 'marine anaemia' – a serious deficiency in the micronutrient iron. Just as iron deficiency negatively affects the health and productivity of humans and other land-based creatures, so it affects the phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants) existing in the oceanic realm. The environmental consequences of this condition restrict ...


    By Australian Government

  • Maryland Hotel Sued after Guest Contracts Legionnaire’s Disease

    After six guests at Ocean City, MD’s historic Boardwalk hotel contracted Legionnaire’s disease last summer, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Worcester County Health Department confirmed the presence of Legionella in the hotel’s water system. Five months later, one of the six guests has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the hotel. Extensive testing ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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