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  • EPA Research Funding Aims to Improve Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Indoor Air Quality

    Harvard College is one of only nine institutions that will share nearly $8 million from the US Environmental Protection Agency to study how climate change affects indoor air quality and the resulting health effects. The grant to Harvard will fund research looking at two cities in particular, Boston and Atlanta, to study global warmth’s effects on indoor air quality and health. The project ...

  • Judge Rules Mold Lawsuits Can Proceed

    Last month, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that a group of lawsuits filed by people alleging they have suffered health problems due to mold in military housing can proceed in federal court.  The defendant in the lawsuits is a company that manages rental units in a partnership with military bases.  According to reports, the plaintiffs have alleged a variety of mold related health ...

  • Federal wood burning rule prompts rural backlash

    A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days. Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed from the ...


    By Associated Press

  • New Rules Regarding Formaldehyde Proposed by the EPA

    Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed two rules to help protect Americans from exposure to formaldehyde.  These proposed rules are meant to ensure that composite wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States meet the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress.   “The proposed ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • New EPA Formaldehyde Rule and Mitigating Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico

    In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde off-gassing from certain wood products. These products include hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.  Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used by industry to manufacture building materials ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • OSHA Announces New Proposed Rule to Protect Workers from Crystalline Silica

    Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed rule to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica.  When implemented, the new rule is aimed at lowering lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in the American workforce. The public has 90 days to submit written ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Reducing Indoor Exposure to Formaldehyde in New York and the Tri-State Area

    Just last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde off-gassing from certain wood products produced domestically or imported. These products include hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.  As far back as 1987, the EPA ...


    By VOETS, LLC

  • IAQ Video Network Releases New Video on the RRP Rule

    The IAQ Video Networks produces a new educational video on lead and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP). ...

  • European court rules that decaBDE flame retardant should be banned

    An international group of environmental, legal and health NGOs has welcomed a judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against the European Commission’s decision to exempt decaBDE, a brominated flame retardant, from a list of hazardous substances banned in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. The judgment ends a legal disagreement that arose after several Member States ...

  • Historic UN Environment Assembly Calls for Strengthened Action on Air Quality, Linked to 7 Million Deaths Annually, Among 16 Major Resolutions

    The inaugural UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) concluded its five-day deliberations in Nairobi on Friday with 16 decisions and resolutions that encourage international action on major environmental issues ranging from air pollution and the illegal trade in wildlife, to plastic debris in the oceans, chemicals and waste. "The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are ...

  • Court rejects Bush administration air pollution waivers

    A federal appeals court has rejected Bush administration rules that allowed major power plants and factories to emit uncontrolled pollution into the air in cities that already have severely polluted air.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found the Environmental Protection Agency rules illegally let plants buy rights to pollute – sometimes from plants hundreds of miles away – ...

  • EPA Proposes Updates to Air Standards for Newly Manufactured Woodstoves and Heaters

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and heaters, beginning in 2015. The agency’s proposal would make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner than those manufactured today, leading to important air quality and public health improvements in communities ...

  • $3 billion market for air pollution monitoring, sampling and process control

    The world market for stack continuous emissions monitors (CEMs) will be $900 million this year. However, if one takes into account the additional revenues for ambient monitoring systems, intermittent stack sampling and process control using pollutant analyzers, the market is above $3 billion. This is the latest forecast in the McIlvaine Air Pollution Monitoring and Sampling World Markets. Some ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • Air & Waste Management Association Announces 2007 Honors & Awards

    Honorees Recognized at Annual Conference The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) has announced the winners of its 2007 Honors & Awards Program. Established by the Association to recognize environmental professionals who serve as models for others to emulate, the A&WMA’s Honors & Awards Program acknowledges individuals and organizations for outstanding accomplishments in promoting a ...

  • California Air Pollution Control District Reminds Residents about Asbestos Testing Requirements

    Recently, the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District issued an advisory regarding cleanup efforts in Capitola Village.  The concerns resulted from remediation efforts following floods this spring that damaged a number of structures.    As reported in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, “We are aware of contractors working in your area that are either unlicensed or ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Are VOC Limits for Paints in Southern California on the Way Down?

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban regions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  The AQMD’s Rule 1113 covers architectural coatings that include paints and varnishes.   Rule 1113 was amended last month with some of the strictest VOC regulations in the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • IAQ Video Network Releases New Video from the Latest Pensacola IAQA Chapter Workshop

    IAQ marketing veteran Paul Cochrane was asked to present new marketing techniques to the local chapter, so IAQTV.com went along for the ride. The Pensacola Chapter of the Indoor Air Quality Association recently asked Paul Cochrane, the founder of Cochrane & Associates and the IAQ Video Network,  to present to their local members new ways to market an IAQ business.   The IAQ ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Mold exposure results in social security disability benefits

    In a landmark case a woman has been granted disability benefits for mold-related injuries. The Social Security Administration judge in the case accepted expert medical testimony that linked physical and cognitive injuries to mold exposures. In February of 2007 the woman was temporarily sent to the U.S. Virgin Islands by her employer for a work assignment. The employer provided housing to the ...


  • Lead Hazards in the Home Exposed in New Public Outreach Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network released the 19th 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, asbestos, radon and Legionella, to the latest video about lead hazards in the home.   Lead is a ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Mold Lawsuits Can Proceed According to Federal Judge

    In September, U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar ruled that a group of lawsuits alleging that people suffered health problems due to mold in military housing can proceed in federal court.  The defendant in the various lawsuits is a company that manages rental units in a partnership with military bases.  The plaintiffs have alleged a variety of mold related health issues ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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