building toxics News

  • Nanocoating on buildings releases potentially toxic particles to the air

    Weathering and abrasion are reported to cause titanium dioxide nanoparticles to escape from a self-cleaning coating for buildings. These particles may be toxic to humans and wildlife. The researchers have developed three indicators from the test results to help predict levels of nanoparticle release from these coatings. Photocatalytic coatings containing nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide ...

  • EPA Completes Building Demolition at Toxic Site in Garfield, N.J.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has demolished the E.C. Electroplating building at the Garfield Ground Water Contamination Superfund site in Garfield, New Jersey. Areas underneath the building, located at 125 Clark Street, are contaminated with hexavalent chromium that is reaching the basements of some area residences and businesses through the ground water. The ...

  • EPA to demolish contaminated building at toxic superfund site in Garfield, N.J.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined today by New Jersey Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Senator Robert Menendez and Congressmember Bill Pascrell, Jr. as she announced that the EPA will safely demolish the E.C. Electroplating building at the Garfield Superfund site in Garfield, New Jersey. The building, located at 125 Clark Street, is contaminated ...

  • Toxic Lead Paint Still a Hazard in Many Buildings across California

    Last month, the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting published a report about lead paints hazards and vulnerable children. The article discusses an ongoing legal case that could require paint companies to pay up to a billion dollars to remove lead-based paints from homes in the state. According to the article, a Santa Clara Superior Court judge has until the end ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Computing toxic chemicals

    A new computational method for working out in advance whether a chemical will be toxic will be reporting in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics. There is increasing pressure on the chemical and related industries to ensure that their products comply with increasing numbers of safety regulations. Providing regulators, intermediary users and consumers ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The costs of not building green

    Despite the narrowing gap in cost between green building and traditional 'to-code' building, most builders and home buyers still perceive the green option to be significantly more expensive.  The reality is that due to increased builder education and an influx of affordable green building products, a building can be built green within the same budget as a non-green building.  According ...

  • Testing ecological toxicity in rivers

    Water quality in rivers is commonly classified according to its physical and chemical properties, but this may not fully describe its biological health. Polish researchers have tested a new method of water assessment, which looks at the toxicity to organisms of not just water, but also sediment and floodplain soil samples. This provides a more complete picture of a river's health and may help ...

  • LEED Homes May Not Be Less Toxic

    EMSL Analytical offers LEED testing solutions for both new and existing commercial and residential properties. Cinnaminson, NJ, July 14th, 2010 Environmental and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Methamphetamine Production Creates Toxic Environments

    EMSL Analytical provides chemical testing solutions to ensure safe outdoor and indoor air quality (IAQ) for building occupants after meth labs have been discovered. Cinnaminson, NJ, September 16th, 2010 Earlier this week the Alabama District Attorneys Association completed their 2010 Methamphetamine Summit.  Discussed at the conference was the damage that meth use ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Ontario toxics regulation takes effect

    According to the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) beginning January 1, 2010, regulated facilities will be required to track, report and develop plans to reduce the toxic substances they use, create and release. This applies only to facilities currently reporting on emissions to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). These toxics reduction plans will be available to the public ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Government finally acts on toxic Bisphenol A

    The government of Canada is prepared to declare that Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly found in plastic baby bottles, reusable water bottles and the lining of some food cans should be classified as "toxic" under Canadian law. Although it is a bold move, the government is lagging behind business, where many have already removed BPA products from their shelves. The government has ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • EPA establishes national tribal toxics committee to address risks from toxic chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a National Tribal Toxics Committee (NTTC) to give Indian tribes greater input on issues related to chemical safety, toxic chemicals and pollution prevention. This effort will further empower tribal communities to protect their health and environment from the risks of toxic chemicals. Creation of the NTTC is part of EPA Administrator Lisa P. ...

  • Is Your Child Exposed to Toxic PCBs at School?

    EMSL Analytical provides polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) testing solutions to keep students and faculty safe from the dangerous the chemicals posses. Cinnaminson, NJ, September 8th, 2010 Production of PCBs in the United States was halted in the late 1970s, but prior to then it was used in some building materials, including caulks.  Caulking materials were used in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Low toxic and environmentally friendly antifouling coatings

    IK4-Cidetec takes part in the European Project BYEFOULING focused on high volume production of low toxic and environmentally friendly antifouling coatings for mobile and stationary maritime applications. The technology will fulfill the coating requirements as a result of the incorporation of novel antifouling agents and a new set of binders into coating formulations for maritime transportation ...

  • Toxic Mold at the Center of a $64 Million Lawsuit

    Last week the New York Post reported that a husband and wife have filed a $64 million suit accusing their former landlord of using toxic mold to force them out of their rental property.  The property, located in TriBeCa, New York, had suffered heavy water damage in 2008.   The property was purchased by a firm in 2006 who according to court filings had tried to buy out the ...

  • European successes in reducing toxic metal pollutants

    Strategies in Europe to protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of heavy metals have been successful in reducing atmospheric emissions of cadmium, lead and mercury, according to a recent study. The study suggests further reductions are possible. Heavy metals are toxic to human health and can damage the environment. For example, if large amounts of lead build up in the ...

  • Midwest`s postflood risk: toxic basements

    The oil, gasoline, fertilizers, and herbicides swept away by floodwaters in June pose an environmental challenge to the rain-soaked Midwest. But some of the most serious pollution problems may not lie outdoors. Instead, they could well lurk indoors in waterlogged basements and first floors of homes and businesses, where everything from cleaning agents to toxic metals accumulate in silt and mold. ...


    By Axcess News

  • Blue goo sucks up toxic waste

    (CNNMoney) -- Mopping up radioactive waste is messy work. Ever since an earthquake and a tsunami crippled Japanese nuclear power plants in March, cleanup crews have been struggling to decontaminate the area. Typically, this kind of work is performed with low-tech tools: soap, water, pads, brushes and old-fashioned ...


    By KT Chemicals, Inc.

  • Dell targeted for breaking promise on toxic chemicals

    International — Greenpeace activists unfurled banners of every size today outside the offices of Dell in Bangalore, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen, just as Dell executives meet to discuss a roadmap to finally remove the worst toxic chemicals from their electronics. The message around the world to Dell's founder and CEO: 'Michael Dell: Drop the Toxics!' Dell continues to use ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Buildings with Vapor Intrusion Problems May Pose a Significant Risk to Building Occupants

    The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing solutions for commercial and residential properties to identify vapor intrusion problems and to protect occupants from any toxic vapors.   Vapor intrusion in any structure creates an environment that could damage structural materials and/or put the building’s occupants’ health at risk.  Reactions to ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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