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2010-07-08 05:22:00

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The BP oil spill is exposing thousands of gulf coast residents to foul odors and elevated levels of chemicals. While the EPA found that so far concentrations are below government exposure threshold levels, it acknowledges that they can cause sensitive residents to suffer from health effects such as headache, eye, nose and throat irritation, or nausea. The EPA recommends that persons who are sensitive to these chemicals, also known as...

2010-07-07 15:46:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Thursday, July 8 in the Susquehanna Valley, Pittsburgh and Liberty/Clairton regions. The air quality forecast predicts Thursday will be code ORANGE for ozone and particulate matter in all three regions. The Susquehanna Valley region includes Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. The...

2010-07-06 15:17:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Wednesday, July 7 in all five forecasting regions of Pennsylvania. The air quality forecast predicts Wednesday will be code RED for ozone in the Philadelphia region and code ORANGE for ozone in the Liberty-Clairton, Susquehanna Valley, Lehigh Valley Berks and Pittsburgh regions. The forecast will be code Orange...

2010-07-06 13:43:00

Statement of Charles D. Connor, President and CEO WASHINGTON, July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The cleanup of power plants is long overdue. Power plant pollution causes tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. These plants are major contributors to particulate pollution and ozone in the East and Midwest. The American Lung Association welcomes today's proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce power plant pollution across 31 states. The Code Red and...

2010-07-02 19:11:57

UCLA-led study has implications for traffic-related asthma flares A new academic study led by UCLA scientists has found that even brief exposure to ultrafine pollution particles near a Los Angeles freeway is potent enough to boost the allergic inflammation that exacerbates asthma. Published online in the American Journal of Physiology"“Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology in June, the study shows that the tiniest air pollutant particles "• those measuring less than 180...

2010-06-22 06:00:00

GUELPH, ON, June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - BIOREM Inc. ("Biorem" or "the Company") (TSX-V: BRM) today announced that it has received an order for its advanced biological-based volatile organic compounds (VOC) abatement system, totaling just over $500,000. VOCs are emitted primarily from solvents and fuels and react in the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone. This system will be used to remove VOC emissions from an EPA designated "ozone-non-attainment area" in the United States where...

2010-06-18 15:35:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Saturday, June 19, in the Liberty/Clairton, Susquehanna Valley, Lehigh Valley/Berks and Philadelphia regions. The air quality forecast predicts Saturday will be code ORANGE for particulate matter in the Liberty-Clairton region, and code ORANGE for ozone in the Susquehanna Valley, Lehigh Valley/Berks and...

2010-06-16 13:14:24

Australian scientists have developed a groundbreaking treatment to clean up the highly toxic and persistent foam chemicals used worldwide to fight thousands of fires. Their achievement comes in response to growing global concern over the cancer and environmental risks from long-lasting chemicals in the foams used internationally to control petrol and other fires at tens of thousands of sites worldwide during the past half century. The importance of the work by researchers at the CRC for...

2010-06-03 16:19:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Friday, June 4, in the Berks/Lehigh Valley, Susquehanna Valley and Philadelphia regions. Due to expected warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels, the air quality forecast predicts Friday will be code ORANGE for elevated ozone levels. The Berks/Lehigh region includes Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties;...

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2010-04-29 06:45:00

More than half of all the people living in the United States currently live in areas where pollution can make the air dangerous to inhale, according the American Lung Association's 'State of the Air 2010' report, which was released on Wednesday. According to the key findings of the report, which were published online by the American Lung Association, "the air quality in many places has improved, but that over 175 million people--roughly 58 percent--still suffer pollution levels that are too...