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  • Lowering Exposure to Respirable Coal Dust in MSHA Final Rule

    Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced the release of a final rule to lower miners' exposure to respirable coal mine dust.  The final rule applies to all underground and surface coal mines and continues the agency’s End Black Lung – Act Now! initiative. According to a MSHA news release, this final rule: ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Coal Dust Exposure and Black Lung Disease Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses prolonged exposure to respirable coal dust which can cause black lung disease. “Although some miners never develop the disease, others may develop early signs after less than 10 years of mining experience according ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • British coal mines choose Casella’s intrinsically safe Tuff™ pump for underground dust monitoring

    Bedford-based Casella CEL (www.casellameasurement.com; 01234 844100) has joined forces with Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG), the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, to supply over 70 Intrinsically Safe (IS) TUFF™ pump for monitoring coal miners’ exposure to dust to seven mines across England and ...


    By Casella

  • Study reveals new cancer risk from IAQ pollutants in household dust

    According to a new government report, commonly used pavement sealers containing cancer-causing substances are showing up in household dust. The report comes from research that was conducted in Austin, Texas by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).Sealcoats used on driveways, playgrounds and parking lots made with coal tar appear to be the major culprit. According to the USGS report, ...


  • Health Stats and Global Warming Fears in Coal Emissions Report by Pembina Institute disputed by Top Scientist and Friends of Science

    Citing global warming, premature death and millions of dollars in medical aid for asthma sufferers, Pembina Institute, a promoter of ...


    By PRWeb

  • New USGS Study Reveals Cancer Risk from Parking Lot Dust Entering Homes

    Coal tar has been known to cause cancer since chimney sweeps in the 18th century were found to have high levels of scrotal cancer. It has also been implicated in contaminating waterways and stunting the growth, or killing, creatures that inhabit the water. Now, according to a new government report, the material is showing up in parking lot dust and entering homes. Coal tar is a commonly used ...


  • Benzo[a]pyrene Found to be Carcinogenic in EPA’s Draft Toxicology Review

    Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft Toxicology Review of benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) under the auspices of the agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program. According to the review, benzo[a]pyrene is carcinogenic to humans based on strong and consistent evidence in animals and humans. Benzo[a]pyrene is a five-ring polycyclic ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Are Toxins in Your Driveway Sealant Creating a Health Risk?

    A freshly sealed asphalt driveway or parking lot provides a deep black appearance that looks attractive to property owners and can help to extend the life of the asphalt. These pavement sealers are often made up of a mixture of sand, clay, polymers, water and either asphalt or coal tar. Pavement sealers that contain coal tar have come under increased scrutiny in recent years due to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Accentuating The Differences Between Health And Safety

    Since the inception of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974, there has been a successful drive to bring a responsible attitude towards fundamental health and safety processes to both employers and employees. As a result we now look on health and safety warnings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as normal, realistic practices that save lives. But is it entirely accurate to assume that ...


    By Casella

  • Indian capital to curb cars again to control air pollution

    The New Delhi government will restrict cars on the streets for another two weeks to fight the extreme air pollution that has made the Indian capital the world's most polluted city. Private cars will be allowed on the streets on alternate days from April 15-30 based on even or odd license plate numbers, Arvind Kejriwal, the city's top elected ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pollution kills 7 million people every year

    Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday. The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the single biggest environmental ...


    By Associated Press

  • OSHA proposal would lower beryllium levels, increase workplace protections

    The federal government is proposing a new standard that would dramatically lower workplace exposure to beryllium, a widely used material that can cause devastating lung diseases. The proposal would apply to an estimated 35,000 workers covered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “This proposal will save lives and help thousands of ...

  • 4 Safety Considerations For Anyone Storing, Handling, or Transporting Substances

    4 Safety Considerations For Anyone Storing, Handling, or Transporting Substances By Daniel L. Theobald, Environmental Services Substances regulated or substances unregulated may ultimately impact the environment, health, and water supply of others. The following safety considerations are advised for those who store, handle, or transport potentially dangerous substances. ...

  • HHS Releases 13th Report on Carcinogens

    Four substances have been added in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 13th Report on Carcinogens, a science-based document that identifies chemical, biological, and physical agents that are considered cancer hazards for people living in the United States. The new report includes 243 listings. Ortho-toluidine, used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides, and dyes, has been reevaluated ...

  • TVA says ash spill cleanup could take 3 years

    A massive coal ash spill in Tennessee could take three years to clean up, followed by potentially years of environmental monitoring, the Tennessee Valley Authority says. The nation’s largest public utility is pushing to get some 3 million cubic yards of ash cleared from the Emory River by spring 2010 - about 18 months after the Dec. 22 disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant. 'We feel that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific offers industry’s most diverse handheld instrument portfolio deploying critical analytical technologies in the lab, at the line and in the field

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, offers a selection of handheld analytical instruments that is now among the industry’s most diverse, serving applications ranging from airport security and consumer product testing to supply chain integrity and industrial hygiene. The company continues to build on its strategy of translating analytical technologies proven ...

  • New York coke plant fined $12.5 million for polluting

    An industrial plant that knowingly released hundreds of tons of the carcinogen benzene into the air over a five-year span and improperly handled hazardous sludge on the ground was fined $12.5 million on Wednesday, and a manager was sentenced to a year in jail. Tonawanda Coke Corp. and its former environmental manager, Mark Kamholz, were convicted of federal environmental crimes last year in a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Pall Corp. to Present Water Treatment Solutions at MiningWorld Russia

    Driven by increased demand for precious metals and fossil fuels, the mining industry is in the midst of a growth surge. Continued success for mining companies is dependent on a number of factors including regulatory compliance, community acceptance, efficient machinery and processes, and resource availability. In particular, significant volumes of water are ...


    By Pall Corporation

  • Questions and Answers on the new European air quality directive

     Questions and Answers on the new directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe 1) What is the issue? Air pollution is caused by the emission to the atmosphere of certain substances which, alone or through chemical reaction, can damage human health and/or the environment. Air pollution is both a local and a transboundary problem as emissions from one country can travel large ...

  • Solve SEC and CERCLA asbestos liability

    At the same time forward-looking industry leaders are challenged by the uncertainties posed by the rising tide of state and federal environmental regulatory requirements, many utilities are engaged in rear guard actions, fighting the regulatory ghosts of industry practices discontinued decades ago. Until the latter part of the 20th century, the marriage of asbestos and the power industry seemed a ...


    By ABCOV Companies

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