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  • Shewanella oneidensis Bacteria Found to Breathe Iron

    According to R&D Magazine, researchers have discovered that when proteins on the surface of bacteria touch a mineral surface, the bacteria produces an electric current allowing it to breathe iron the way humans breathe oxygen. Researchers believe that by understanding how the bacteria are able to breathe iron, they will be able to use the microbes for cleaning up soil contaminants, trapping ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • PhoCheck+ Provides Optimal Breathing Safety For Fire Fighters

    Used widely within the Fire Service Industry, the PhoCheck+ 1000 from Ion Science provides crucial testing of air compressors for safe, uncontaminated use of breathing apparatus. Evidence shows that oils and greases used to lubricate air compressors cause contamination of air that has been compressed into the tank, resulting in fire fighters experiencing an unpleasant ‘chemical taste’ ...


    By Ion Science Ltd.

  • HVAC Inspections Reduces Allergens and Microbial Contaminants

    The building consulting experts at EC2 provide testing solutions for HVAC systems to determine if mold, particulates and other indoor air quality (IAQ) contaminants are present. With Labor Day behind us the summer is coming to a close.  Many HVAC systems have been running nonstop, but will soon be taking a break before they begin providing warm air to keep building occupants comfortable ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Illinois Residents on the Lookout for Biological Contaminants in the Home

    Indoor air quality problems can occur in almost any structure.  Just last month, a woman filed a lawsuit against the owners of an apartment complex in Collinsville, Illinois.  The suit claims that the defendants attempted to conceal sewage and mold that lead to the woman becoming ill after breathing the poor indoor air quality.   The typical home across Chicago and throughout ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Trichloroethylene Still a Contamination Concern across Puerto Rico

    Just last June, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) released their Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE) to address potential human health risks associated with exposure to this volatile organic compound (VOC). TCE has been used in Puerto Rico in the past and is now a concern at some of Puerto Rico's Superfund sites, hazardous waste locations and other areas where it is ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Mold Contamination Adds to Fresno Condo Complex’s Woes

    LA Testing offers mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services for homeowners and potential buyers to ensure properties are free of mold contamination and other potential indoor contaminants. Pasadena, CA, April 25th, 2011 Earlier this month KFSN-TV of Fresno, California reported on a condo complex that is facing foreclosure in Northwest Fresno.  The ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Airborne Fungal Contaminants can be an Indoor Health Hazard

    Most people have been unfortunate to at some point witness water damage in their home, school, or place of business.  Water damage, whether from a flood, leaking roof, or broken pipe, can lead to mold growth in as short as 24 to 48 hours.   When mold begins to grow indoors it can lead to indoor allergies that last year round, trigger asthma attacks in susceptible individuals, and even ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Could Your Lotions & Antiseptic Soaps be Contaminated with Mercury?

     Earlier this month, CNN published a report about skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps and lotions that may be contaminated with mercury.  The report cited a U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning of mercury poisoning being linked to skin products. Federal health officials are warning consumers not to use these consumer products that might contain ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Flooding & Sewage Contamination can Result in Exposure to Endotoxins

    With the hurricane season officially here, residents along the Mid-Atlantic are aware of the potential for powerful storms to bring flooding to the region again this summer.  Last year, Hurricane Irene left a path of destruction that impacted countless property owners in the area.   When storms bring heavy rains and flooding a number of environmental concerns are left in the wake of the ...

  • Chicago`s Oak Street Beach contaminated with asbestos

    The Illinois shoreline and Illinois Beach State Park have a long history of asbestos contamination, so as the 2008 beach season opens on Lake Michigan, a conservation group is advising beachgoers how to minimize inhalation of cancer-causing asbestos fibers. For at least 20 years, asbestos fibers were released daily and carried southward by Lake Michigan's currents from the Johns-Manville ...

  • Biological Contaminants in the Home Exposed in New Public Outreach Video

    Today the IAQ Video Network released the 13th in a series of public outreach videos meant to educate families about important environmental and indoor air quality issues.  The public outreach videos have all been produced in the past year covering everything from mold and Legionella to the latest video entitled Biological Contaminants in the Home.   The typical home ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Personal exposure monitoring device predicts breathing rates, contributes to more meaningful environmental dose estimates

    A new technology developed by a research team led by RTI International will help scientists better understand the relationship between environmental contaminants in the air and potential adverse health effects. The new approach uses personal exposure monitors with built-in acceleration sensors to determine individual activity levels while predicting how fast adults, and potentially children, ...

  • Sewage Contamination in Buildings can Expose People to Microbial Toxins

    California residents are used to hearing about beach closures due to sewage spills and high bacteria counts in the water off of the state’s famous beaches.  Raw sewage can contain a host of potentially harmful substances, including: viruses, bacteria, protozoa, parasites, and fungi.   Just as health professionals take sewage in the beaches serious, people who have experienced a ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Carpets May Become Contaminated with Lead and Asbestos during Renovations

    The national trend towards home improvement projects continues to grow as more people are staying in their homes.  Tight economic times also have many people looking to complete projects utilizing their own sweat equity.  These projects can add new life to a home and increase property values.  Unfortunately, many homeowners living in homes constructed in the 1970s or earlier, fail ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Airborne Contaminants, Respirable Particulates and Lung Cancer Risks in Puerto Rico

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. The agency states that the most important thing a person can do to lower their lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and to avoid secondhand smoke. The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon, a ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Q&A about national general survey on soil contamination in China

    MEP and MLR announced the report on the national general survey on soil contamination today, and the survey results showed the general condition of the soil environment across the country not optimistic; some areas are suffering from bad soil pollution, the environmental quality of the arable land is worrying, and there are pressing soil environmental problems in industrial and mining deserted ...

  • Wildfires in 12 States Threaten Properties and Pose Soot Contamination Problems

    According to a CNN report, a dozen states are currently battling wildfires.  Thousands of people have been evacuated over the past few weeks and numerous structures have succumbed to flames.  Tragically this week, two firefighters were killed in Florida when they were unable to outrun oncoming flames. In total, 53 uncontained major wildfires are currently burning from Alaska to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Trichloroethylene Still a Contamination Concern across Puerto Rico`s Superfund sites

    Just last June, the U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) released their Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE) to address potential human health risks associated with exposure to this volatile organic compound (VOC).  TCE has been used in Puerto Rico in the past and is now a concern at some of Puerto Rico’s Superfund sites, hazardous waste locations and other areas ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Floridians Warned of Endotoxin Exposure Hazards after Flooding & Sewage Contamination

    Two weeks ago, Hurricane Isaac brought heavy rains and flooding to parts of Florida.  When large storms bring heavy rains and flooding to the region, a number of environmental concerns are left after the storm has moved on.    One such area of concern is the potential presence of endotoxins.  Endotoxins are a type of bacterial toxin that is located in the cell wall component ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • New York City Schools Pressured to Remove Light Fixtures Contaminated with PCBs

    In New York City, 754 schools have fluorescent lights that are likely to contain polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, claims the city’s School Construction Authority. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs are a group of man-made chemicals that can cause cancer and other adverse effects in the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, and endocrine system. New ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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