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  • Ozone pollution is declining — but not everywhere

    Ground-level ozone is among the most harmful air pollutants in Europe today. Elevated ozone levels cause health problems, premature deaths, reduced agricultural crop yields, damage to plants in semi-natural ecosystems and corrosion of physical infrastructure and cultural heritage. Troublingly, efforts to combat European ozone levels are achieving only limited success. Although Europe has ...

  • Avoiding harmful ozone pollution this summer

    High summer temperatures combined with air pollution can cause ground-level ozone to form, which has serious effects on health, especially for older people or children, or those with asthma and other breathing problems. The European Environment Agency (EEA) presents some useful information on protecting your health from ground-level ozone this summer. To date, the highest concentrations ...

  • More effort needed to reduce summer ozone

    Ground level ozone causes health problems, decreases crop yields and damages the environment. Ozone levels exceeding certain targets in Europe were less frequent in summer 2011 than in any year since monitoring started in 1997. However, the long-term objective was exceeded in all EU Member States and it is likely many of them will not meet the target value, applicable as of 2010. "In ...

  • Hot summer weather exacerbating ozone pollution

    Unusually high temperatures this summer may be contributing to poor air quality in many European cities. Thresholds to protect health from ground-level ozone have been exceeded across Europe in recent weeks, according to preliminary data reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Ozone pollution has serious effects on health, especially for older people and children, or those with ...

  • Ozone levels still pose risk to health and vegetation

    Peak levels of ozone pollution have fallen at rural and urban sites in both Europe and the US in recent years, a new study shows. However, the research also found that limits to protect health and ecosystems are still being exceeded. After particulate matter, ground-level ozone is considered to be the second most important air pollutant in terms of its effects on human health. However, its ...

  • PERKINELMER ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW SYSTEMS FOR REMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL AIR MONITORING

    Turnkey Ozone Precursor Analyzers Offer Programmable Pneumatic Control for Maximum Ease-of-Use and Reliability ORLANDO, Fla. – PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader in Health Sciences and Photonics, today announced five new systems for remote environmental air monitoring. PerkinElmer’s turnkey Ozone Precursor Analyzers combine the Clarus® 500 multidimensional Gas Chromatograph ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Breathing easier: Cap and trade lowers smog levels in eastern United States

    More than 102 million Americans are breathing cleaner air due to decreases in smog-forming emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) according to the NOx Budget Trading Program annual report. The 2007 summertime NOx emissions from power plants and industrial sources were down by 60 percent compared to 2000 levels and 74 percent below 1990 levels in 20 eastern states and the District of Columbia. The ...

  • Air quality impact of diesel ‘severely underestimated’

    Hydrocarbons are precursors to hazardous air pollutants including ozone and particulate matter. Hydrocarbons from diesel make up over 50% of all hydrocarbons in the air in London, a new study has found. The authors also estimate that they contribute up to half of total ozone production potential in London, and say future air quality control strategies must focus more on these pollutants. Around ...

  • Air quality in Europe: pollution levels have dropped, but health concerns remain

    Some progress has been made towards improving air quality in Europe with levels of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and benzene all falling substantially in recent years, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) concludes. However, threats to human health and ecosystems remain, and urban citizens’ exposure to high levels of particulate matter (PM) and ozone are a particular ...

  • VOC Emissions from Well Sites and Compressor Stations

    Recently the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) revised Regulation 7,Control of Ozone through Ozone Precursors.  The revisions will require monitoring of emissions from storage tanks equipped with an air pollution control device such as a combustion device or vapor recovery unit.  Affected facilities will be required to route all Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) ...

  • Central valley biomass power plants fined more than $830,000 for clean air act violations

    The United States, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District lodged consent decrees against two biomass power plants in Chowchilla and El Nido, Calif. The two companies have agreed to pay a combined civil penalty of $835,000 to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act and District rules, including excess ...

  • San Diego County Meets National Air Quality Standard for Smog

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that San Diego County has met the 1997 national health-based air quality standard for smog, also known as ground-level ozone. In addition, EPA has approved the state’s plan to maintain clean air standards for the more than three million residents of the San Diego area. “This is a victory for San Diego County residents, who are now ...

  • Air quality indicator for Sustainable Development 2008 provisional results

    The air quality indicator is one of the 68 indicators of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy. It measures annual levels of pollution from particulates (PM10) and ozone (O3), the two pollutants thought to have the greatest health impacts, as well as the number of days on which levels of any one of a basket of five pollutants were 'moderate or higher'. Headline results * Urban ...


  • Post Foods to Spend More than $2 Million for Air Violations at Modesto Cereal Plant

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Post Holdings, Inc. and Ralcorp Holdings Inc. will pay $635,000 for violations of the federal Clean Air Act, including failing to install required air pollution controls at its cereal production facility located in Modesto, Calif. The penalty is in addition to approximately $1.4 million the company has already spent on equipment ...

  • New US EPA approved gas analyzer series

    Ecotech, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of environmental monitoring equipment is pleased to announce U.S. EPA approval for its new Serinus gas analyzer range. According to Ecotech’s General Manager, Nicholas Dal Sasso, the approvals are a vital step in the global launch of the new product line. “We are pleased to obtain U.S. EPA approval for the entire range of Serinus gas analyzers,” ...


    By Ecotech Pty Ltd

  • ESA extends Envisat satellite mission

    ESA Member States have unanimously voted to extend the Envisat mission through to 2013. Envisat – the world’s largest and most sophisticated satellite ever built – has been providing scientists and operational users with invaluable data for global monitoring and forecasting since its launch in 2002. 'The decision to extend the Envisat mission operations, taken during the last ESA Earth ...


    By European Space Agency (ESA)

  • Settlements at South Dakota ethanol facilities ensure air pollutant reductions, yield $225K in penalties (SD)

    In consent decrees lodged yesterday in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached agreements with the operators of three South Dakota ethanol production facilities resolving Clean Air Act violations associated with emissions and testing requirements for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). ...

  • Ball Aerospace Wins Contract to Build Air Quality Sensor for KARI

    Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to build the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) for the National Institute of Environmental Research in the Ministry of Environment of South Korea.  GEMS is a geostationary scanning ultraviolet-visible spectrometer designed to monitor trans-boundary ...

  • UK’S LEADING COMPANIES DELIVER A STATE OF THE ART AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR GIBRALTAR

    In February 2005, two market leaders in the air quality services and technology fields - Enviro Technology & the National Environmental Technology Centre (Netcen) - joined forces to deliver an intelligent air monitoring and data management system to the ...

  • Noble Energy Inc. agrees to make system upgrades and fund projects to reduce air pollution in Colorado

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice and the State of Colorado today announced a settlement with Houston-based Noble Energy, Inc. resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company’s oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, north of Denver, Colorado. The settlement resolves claims that Noble failed to ...

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