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  • Cooling Towers & Legionnaires Disease

    The largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City history was traced to a cooling tower at a Bronx hotel in 2015. Over 120 people were infected and 12 of them died causing health officials to establish regulations for ongoing Legionella control measures. In March of 2016 in Sydney, Australia, 12 cooling towers tested positive for Legionella levels above the regulatory ...


    By Delta Cooling Towers, Inc

  • Heavy Rains Have California Residents on the Lookout for Mold & Bacteria

    EMSL Analytical provides environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing solutions for residential and commercial properties impacted by heavy rains and flooding in California. Sunday brought gusting winds, heavy rains and flooding to parts of California.  The first major storm of spring brought new concerns over mudslides and even knocked out power to more ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Companies in Puerto Rico Learn the Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring

    Many industries in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean are required to install and maintain eyewash stations for their employees’ wellbeing. These eyewash stations are an important component of the occupational health and safety of workers and can be instrumental for mitigating eye injuries.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

  • Bacterial Infections Linked to Contaminated Tattoo Ink

    Cinnaminson, NJ, September 10th, 2012 Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report about tattoo-associated nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) skin infections.  The report came after four states reported similar occurrences.  New York, Washington, Iowa and Colorado all reported cases.  In New York alone, health officials received ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • ASTM D1655 - 11b standard specification for aviation turbine fuels

    This specification covers purchases of aviation turbine fuel under contract and is intended primarily for use by purchasing agencies. This specification does not include all fuels satisfactory for reciprocating aviation turbine engines, but rather, defines the following specific types of aviation fuel for civil use: Jet A; and Jet A-1. The ...


    By ASTM International

  • Southern New Jersey Flood Victims May Face A Variety Of Environmental Contaminants When Returning To Property

      Powerful rainstorms have recently hit three counties in Southern New Jersey and caused flooding.  Unfortunately, many of these property owners will face environmental contaminations when returning. Today, Federal and state agents will begin preliminary damage assessments in three South Jersey counties hardest hit by heavy rains and floods earlier this week.  Cumberland, Salem and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • The Use of Humidifiers could be Creating Additional Health Problems

    It’s cold season in most parts of the country and as parents hear their children cough many turn to the use of humidifiers to help the situation.  Humidifiers increase the amount of moisture in the air which leads many to believe they help a sick person breathe easier. This may not be the case however.  A recent article in Pediatrics and a discussion on National Public Radio (NPR) ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Plastics in the Marine Environment

    An ongoing study of biodegradation rates of polymers has led to the development of a new ASTM International standard, D7473, Test Method for Weight Attrition of Plastic Materials in the Marine Environment by Open System Aquarium Incubations. The new standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable ...


    By ASTM International

  • NFL Tackles MRSA Infections in Tampa Bay

    Last month, it was reported that two Tampa Bay Buccaneers had contracted infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and can be difficult to treat. Reports indicate that once the outbreak was identified, the NFL team’s facility was sanitized to help prevent additional ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Bioremediation of antibiotic pollution by a salt-marsh plant

    The effects of antibiotic contamination may be attenuated by the common reed, new research shows. The study found that the common reed (Phragmites australis), sourced from a temperate estuary with brackish water, had capacity for the bioremediation of the veterinary antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENR). The authors suggest that salt-marsh plants and their associated micro-organisms could be a valuable ...

  • The DelAgua Kit Range

    The DelAgua Kit was developed in 1985 in conjunction with Oxfam. Used in over 150 countries, the DelAgua Kit is robust, reliable and designed to monitor the quality of drinking water at source. There are 6 different models of the DelAgua Testing Kit: ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • The Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring

    Many different types of industries are required to install and maintain eyewash stations for their employees’ safety and health. These eyewash stations are an important safety device that can be instrumental for mitigating a number of different types of eye injuries. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that work-related eye injuries cost more than ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Legionella in VA Hospital May have Survived Years of Eradication Efforts

    Late last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on the recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System. According to their report, 29 of the 44 environmental samples they collected at the facility showed growth of Legionella. The CDC reported, “There was persistence of a highly pathogenic ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EOS® selected as bioremediation product for Indiana TCE groundwater plume

    EOS Remediation product and design engineers worked with the consulting firm GeoTrans, Inc., a Tetra Tech Company, and Visteon Corporation to pilot test enhanced reductive dechlorination (ERD) as a remedy for a massive TCE groundwater plume emanating from a former manufacturing facility in Indiana (more than a 1,000 feet wide, 8,000 long ...


    By EOS Remediation, LLC

  • Nation’s Leading Environmental Laboratory Provides Support for North Dakota Flood Victims

    Water levels rising at up to 11 inches an hour on Friday have caused the Souris River in North Dakota to exceed historic flood levels.  Flood waters have already reached some rooftops and as many as 4,400 homes and 200 businesses may be flooded.  Peak water levels are expected between Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of families have been evacuated and must now wait until the flood waters ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 10 Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Reported in Pennsylvania

    This week, it was reported that ten cases of Legionnaires’ disease have occurred at two care facilities in Western Pennsylvania.  To date, no fatalities have been reported, but three people have been hospitalized with pneumonia-like symptoms.  So far eight cases have occurred at one facility and two at another according to the Allegheny County Health Department. Legionnaires' ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mold Shuts Down Napa Department of Motor Vehicles’ Office

    Pasadena, CA, May 2nd, 2011 Last month it was reported in the Napa Valley Register that the Napa Department of Motor Vehicles had to shut down an office for more than a week after mold was discovered in the building.  According to the article, Stachybotrys fungi were discovered in the break room. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) fact ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California School Discovers Mold Spores Surf their Own Wind

    LA Testing offers mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services to protect building occupants from their allergenic and pathogenic exposure risks. Mathematicians and biologists from the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard and Cornell University recently released a new study about a fungus that releases thousands of spores virtually simultaneously to form a plume that reduces ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Sewage plant or power house - new technology turns sewage into energy

    Penn State researchers have developed technology that combines bacterial degradation of waste water with energy extracted from the salt-water fresh-water gradient to produce power anywhere. Production of energy from the difference between salt water and fresh water is most convenient near the oceans, but using an ammonium bicarbonate salt solution, Penn State ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • MIOX® tapped by town of Westerly, RI, to install mixed-oxidant disinfection systems

    MIOX Corporation, a leader in on-site generation of hypochlorite and mixed oxidants for water disinfection, has partnered with the Town of Westerly, RI, installing two MIOX-501 and four MIOX SAL-80 mixed-oxidant systems to prevent microbial contamination. The Town of Westerly chose MIOX following a study conducted by C&E Engineering Partners, Inc., which found mixed oxidants helped maintain ...

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