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  • Apartment Possibly Infested by Mold has a Colorado Family on Edge

    Earlier this month, the local affiliate of ABC News reported about a Northglenn family’s struggle with mold in their apartment.  The mother of three children moved into the complex in early May, a month that saw heavy rainfall.  Shortly after the rains began she noticed water leaking into the apartment.  The flooding was so bad that the tenant claimed she had to use buckets ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • St. Louis Residents Surprised to Learn of Potential Vapor Intrusion Issues

    Last month, The St. Louis American published a report about the surprise and shock of many residents who have learned that their homes may have issues with vapor intrusion.  The article discusses a public housing development known as Elmwood Park that is located above an area that may have contaminated groundwater. The story begins 22 years ago when a metal company spilled trichloroethylene ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Government Agency Changes Formaldehyde’s Hazardous Classification

    Cinnaminson, NJ, August 7th, 2012 Last month, Safe Work Australia changed the agency’s hazardous substance entry for formaldehyde.  According to the agency’s website, “Based on the NICNAS (National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme) Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report for formaldehyde, Safe Work Australia has updated the entry in HSIS for ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • National Radon Action Month Highlights Dangers due to Radon

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month.  As a leading provider of radon test kits and radon analysis, EMSL Analytical supports this important public awareness campaign meant to protect Americans from this invisible cancer causing public health threat. According to the EPA radon website, “You can’t see, smell, or taste ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • University Custodian Dies after Contracting Tuberculosis (TB)

    Last month, an Emory University custodian died from TB.  He did not know he was sick and had not been to a doctor.  This resulted in more than 400 people at the university being tested for tuberculosis and letters being distributed to students, faculty and staff.   Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is caused by a bacterium known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New Illinois Law Requires Radon Disclosure to Tenants

    A new law that went into effect on January 1st has caught many landlords off guard across Illinois.  An amendment to the Radon Awareness Act now requires landlords to inform renters about any radon testing that has taken place in their unit and what radon hazards may exist.  It also allows renters to request a radon test if it has not been tested in the past.   Radon is a ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • $8.5 Million Awarded to Painter Exposed to Asbestos

    Last month, a jury awarded a former commercial painter and handyman $8.5 million dollars in a settlement over asbestos exposure.  The plaintiff has asbestos mesothelioma that he claimed resulted from repeated exposure to asbestos containing materials. Named in the lawsuit were a number of major companies that the suit claimed knew of the dangers associated with their products, but neglected ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Formaldehyde Fumes from Fire Cause Major Evacuation of Residents

    Last month, a plastics plant caught fire in Zion, Illinois.  Thirty-five fire departments from the area north of Chicago responded to the three-alarm fire.  Evacuations were ordered for a 1 mile radius south of the fire that lasted approximately 2 hours.  The reason for the large evacuation was due to concerns over formaldehyde being released from chemicals burning.  ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Radon Scrutinized as Illinois General Assembly Passes Two New Bills

    In September, the Chicago Sun-Times published a report about new legislation targeting radon in Illinois.  The Illinois General Assembly had recently passed two bills meant to protect Illinois residents from exposure to radon gas.   One bill requires licensed daycare centers, daycare homes, and group daycare homes to test their property for radon a minimum of once every three ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Are People Unwittingly Releasing Formaldehyde with Air Fresheners?

    National Geographic recently posted a story on their website regarding air fresheners.  “Earth-Friendly & Organic Air Fresheners” discusses both traditional air fresheners and eco-friendly options today’s consumers have available.   The article highlights concerns over traditional air fresheners that millions of Americans have in their homes, offices and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Strong Santa Ana Winds Leave Property Damage across Southern California

    Hurricane force gusts were recorded in parts of California this week due to strong Santa Ana winds.  The Santa Ana winds also left a widespread area of damage and destruction in some areas across the state.  In Los Angeles, hundreds of power lines were down and wind gusts of 80 mph were recorded in lower-lying areas.  Southern California Edison reported over 200,000 households ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Stachybotrys chartarum, just one of many Types of Fungi that Cause Mold Contamination Issues

    During the past decade there have been countless media reports about Stachybotrys chartarum, a type of fungus often associated with mold contamination in indoor environments.   The media has frequently referred to Stachybotrys chartarum as “toxic mold”.    The term "toxic mold", used by many in media reports is often not accurate, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • High Radon Levels Found in Illinois Schools

    Last month, NBC’s Channel 5 in Chicago published a report about a pilot radon testing program started in Illinois back in January.  So far only a little more than 40 schools have applied for testing, but roughly 70% have been found with elevated levels of radon according to the report.   Also last month, KWQC News 6 in Iowa broadcast a report about radon in ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New Study Finds Formaldehyde Levels in California Daycare Centers Exceed Standards

    Last month, it was reported that researchers from UC Berkeley found that 9 out of 10 California daycare centers exceeded state safety guidelines for formaldehyde.  As part of the study, samples were taken from 40 daycare centers in Alameda and Monterey counties from 2010 and 2011. The California Air Resources Board funded the tests.   This research is of special concern since it ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Carbon Black

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California’s Hunters Point Redevelopment Project under the Spotlight

    The Treasure Island Naval Station-Hunters Point Annex, also known as the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, was established in 1869 as the first dry dock on the Pacific Coast.  It is located in southeastern San Francisco, California. In 1940, the Navy obtained ownership of the shipyard for ship building, repair and maintenance activities. After World War II, activities shifted from ship repair to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Formaldehyde in Homes Can Make People Sick

    Last month, KXLY in Washington published a report about why people should have their homes tested for indoor air quality issues.  The article, “Have home inspected to make sure air doesn’t cause headaches” explains the fact that the air in many indoor spaces is more polluted than the outdoor air.   According to the article, “Poor indoor air quality can seriously ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mystery Odor Sickens Seven People at Indianapolis Hospital

    Last month, USA Today published a report about seven adults becoming ill after exposure to an unknown substance at an Indianapolis hospital.� The event closed the hospital’s emergency room for several hours as the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to the scene. The event started when a mystery odor prompted a call to the fire department.� Emergency responders arrived to investigate a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Illinois IAQ Consultant Helps Identify Microbial Toxins in People’s Homes

    Mold contamination in an indoor environment can result from flooding, plumbing leaks, elevated humidity levels and due to water incursions from rain.  When people discover water damage in their properties they need to be aware that mold can begin to grow in as short as 24 hours in many circumstances.   Many people are aware that elevated levels of mold in indoor environments can lead to ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Legionella Bacteria Identified with PCR and DNA Sequencing

    Recently, Legionella has made the news as outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported from Maryland to the United Kingdom and Spain.  These Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria can be found in natural, freshwater environments across much of the globe, but they are typically present in insufficient numbers to cause disease.  Unfortunately, various manmade environments can ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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