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2012-09-04 11:11:23

Exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a manmade chemical used in the manufacture of some common household products, appears to be associated with cardiovascular disease and peripheral arterial disease in a study of 1,216 individuals, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Surveys have suggested that PFOA (widely used in the manufacture of products such as lubricants, polishes, paper and textile coatings, and food...

2012-08-22 10:21:50

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Air quality forecasts predict Thursday, Aug. 23, to be code Orange for ozone in six regions across the state, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today. DEP and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an Orange air quality action day for ozone for Thursday in the Lehigh Valley, Liberty-Clairton, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Susquehanna Valley regions. DEP has also issued code Orange air quality forecasts...

2012-07-23 10:22:15

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has started a long-term, one-year air monitoring study of Marcellus Shale development. The study in Washington County will measure ambient airborne pollutants in an effort to determine potential air quality impacts associated with the processing and transmission of unconventional natural gas. "We operate on facts and sound science, and this study will provide us with data...

2012-07-19 23:00:14

Home Air Check announces that its do-it-yourself home air quality test identifies air pollutants that are of concern to pregnant women. Toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene, and others can be emitted into the air as VOCs from many common household products and materials and go undetected, thus increasing the health risks to pregnant women and their unborn babies. The simple indoor air quality test can alert pregnant women of the presence of these potentially harmful...

Sea Turtles At Risk Due To Pollutants
2012-07-01 09:58:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at NIST's Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) and four partner organizations have measured for the first time concentrations of 13 perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) in five endangered species of sea turtles. While PFC toxicology studies have not yet been conducted on turtles, the levels of the compounds seen in all five species approach the amounts known to cause unfavorable health effects in other animals. PFCs are...

2012-06-26 11:45:54

Young, healthy adult volunteers exposed for two hours to ozone developed physiological changes associated with cardiovascular ailments, according to a small study reported in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. Study participants showed evidence of vascular inflammation, a potential reduced ability to dissolve artery-blocking blood clots, and changes in the autonomic nervous system that controls the heart's rhythm. The changes were temporary and reversible in these young,...

2012-06-15 12:29:03

Researchers from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering measured air quality inside and outside three residential buildings with different types of energy use (gas vs. electric cookers). They found that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in the kitchen of the city-center flat with a gas cooker were three times higher than the concentrations measured outside the property and well above those recommended in UK Indoor Air Quality Guidance. These findings are published online in Journal...

2012-05-31 06:23:36

PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Providence Superior Court Judge Judith Savage approved a 7 Million Dollar Settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by the citizens of the Town of Pascoag, Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Water District against Exxon Mobil Corporation as a result of the contamination of their well water supply by MTBE in 2001. According to Attorney Brian Cunha, lead Rhode Island counsel, "this finally brings some satisfaction to the citizens of...

2012-05-25 10:21:02

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The PA Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have released forecasts for air quality action days for the Memorial Day Weekend. The DEP and the partnerships urge residents sensitive to air pollution to limit outdoor exposure on the days an air quality action day has been issued for their region. The forecasts call for an air quality action day Saturday, May 26, Sunday, May 27 and...

Beetles Contribute To Air Pollution In Forests
2012-05-25 07:05:45

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Activity of the bark beetle is having an impact on both air quality and climate, according to a new report from a team of American scientists published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Evidence of the beetle´s impact can be seen in the lodgepole pine forests of the western United States. Many of the trees there are dying or ravaged by the beetles and a faint haze of particulate matter can be seen throughout the area. Air samples...