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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Toxic formaldehyde very common in homes

    EMSL Analytical provides formaldehyde testing solutions for industry and the public. Formaldehyde can be found in most homes across the country. The chemical is commonly used to manufacture numerous building materials and household items. The most significant source of formaldehyde in most homes is from pressed wood products made with formaldehyde containing adhesives. According to the EPA, “High ...


  • 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 Foundation

  • Sick Building Syndrome

    SCHUYLER FALLS, NY—July 31, 2007— James P. Hewitt with the publication of Sick Building Syndrome, educates the public how indoor air quality, noise pollution, lighting, and cleaning chemicals can harm their overall health and well being. Mr. Hewitt with the publication of Sick Building Syndrome educates the reader about a health niche that is poorly understood by the public at large. One ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • New York High School Sits on Toxic Ground

    LONG ISLAND CITY, New York, October 3, 2007 (ENS) - Parents of the 503 students at Information Technology High School in Long Island City are outraged that state Department of Education officials did not inform them that the school was built over a plume of hazardous chemicals. They became aware of the toxics only after Fox 5 News aired a report on the toxic site late last month. ...

  • Are Your Children Being Exposed to Toxic PCBs at School?

    EMSL Analytical provides polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) testing solutions to keep students and faculty safe from the dangerous associated with PCB exposure. Cinnaminson, NJ, February 4th, 2011 This week The New York Times published an article entitled, “Parents Seek More Action on PCBs in Schools”.  The article discussed hundred of parents ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California Phases Out Toxic Dry Cleaning Chemical

    SACRAMENTO, California (ENS) - A chemical common in dry cleaning will be phased out over the next 16 years to protect California air quality. The California Air Resources Board, ARB, has adopted regulations that require dry cleaners to replace perchloroethylene, or perc, a solvent used in dry cleaning, with safer alternatives already available on the market by 2023. Perc is listed by ...

  • Toxic Trio of Chemicals Found in Some Nail Polishes

    Earlier this month, USA Today published a story about a California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTCS) report that found a number of nail polishes in the state’s 48,000 nail salons have high levels of three potentially toxic chemicals.  Known as the toxic trio, they include toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde. State regulators found that a number of nail polishes ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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 ...

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