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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...

2010-04-28 07:17:00

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association's annual State of the Air Report released today gives South Dakota fairly good grades for outdoor air quality. For particulate pollution measured in a 24-hour period, the state scored all "B" grades, with the exception of one "A" in Brown County. For ozone pollution, the three counties given a grade were Jackson and Minnehaha Counties with an "A" grade and Custer County with a "B" grade for ozone....

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2010-04-21 08:56:05

A new study identifies cattle feed as a possible culprit in the long-standing mystery of why California's San Joaquin Valley "” a moderately-populated agricultural region "” has higher levels of ozone (one of the main ingredients in smog) than many densely-populated cities. The report, which explains how fermented cattle feed works with automotive exhausts in forming ozone, is in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Michael Kleeman and colleagues...

2010-04-16 10:05:00

Mobil Oil Guam and Mobil Oil Mariana Islands agree to pay fine for air pollution violations WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corporation - Mobil Oil Guam Inc. and Mobil Oil Mariana Islands Inc. - have agreed to pay $2.4 million for allegedly violating the federal Clean Air Act by failing to control emissions from their facilities, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. Together these two...

2010-04-13 08:00:00

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD) today introduced two new surfactants for the architectural coatings market that are alkylphenol ethoxylate (APE)-free and specially targeted for zero VOC coating formulations. Carbowet® 13-40 is a VOC- and APE-free alternative to 30-40 mole ethoxylate surfactants for use in waterborne coatings, inks and adhesives. It provides excellent handling properties due to its liquidity. In addition,...

2010-04-08 14:37:29

Surface ozone levels in the south west of the Iberian Peninsula usually exceed the protection threshold established by EU regulations for people and plants in spring and summer, according to data gathered between 2000 and 2005 by four measuring stations in Huelva, one of them next to the Doñana National Park. The limits established to protect human and plant health by the European Directive on ozone are usually exceeded from April onwards, especially during the summer, in...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'