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Indoor air pollution is a big concern for the residents.

A Scottish housing estate built on the site of a former munitions factory might harbor more than what residents have bargained for.

The residents claim that there are toxins 27 times beyond the international safety levels that have been found in tests in their homes.

Many of the residents have started suffering from health problems such as stomach problems, nausea and muscular pain, which only started after they moved there, they said.

The factory that used to operate on the site handled toxic metals, hazardous chemicals and radioactive materials in the 1940s.

Residents exposed to TCE and PCE, other chemicals

The residents claim that indoor testing of 25 homes had confirmed the presence of exceptionally high levels of the toxic solvents, including trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), among others.

Monridge Environmental LLC, the company brought in to carry out the tests, was said to believe the levels of these pollutants could not be attributed to the use of household products, a concern that was voiced by other authorities.

Des Collins, senior partner at Collins Solicitors, said: “TCE is a well-known and accepted carcinogen. The levels in four houses are hugely excessive and the findings of this latest report have potentially far-reaching and damaging consequences. Further, the evidence of other solvents being detected, very often at dangerous levels, gives real cause for concern.”

The council has been accused of ignoring 1995 recommendations for a remediation program to clean contaminated waste from the site before giving the green light to build more than 100 houses on it.

Source: Scotsman.com

Portable carbon filters can remove harmful chemicals

Let’s recap: A factory that handled dangerous chemicals, no remediation program, a housing estate built on the site and budding health problems in residents – sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Air purifiers for the home and office can scrub the air.

It would take a very long time and a large budget to initiate a remediation program at this point, but residents can find some relief in the meantime with industrial-strength air cleaners that are equipped with highly adsorbent activated carbon and HEPA filtration.

Activated carbon can adsorb chemicals like trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and a portable and versatile air filtration system provides a reliable and cost-effective solution for providing some relief.

Contact one of Electrocorp’s air quality experts for more information and customizable solutions as well as air cleaners for environmental consulting projects: 1-866-667-0297.

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Mold causes IAQ problems and can affect workers' health and well-being.

Water damage in the workplace can be a result of a variety of reasons, among them a leaking roof, broken pipes, heavy rains or similar mishaps.

But excessive moisture can turn into a serious problem in a matter of 48 hours, when mold starts to grow, which can affect the health and well-being of building occupants.

When heavy rains caused water damage at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office recently, management did the right thing and evacuated many employees.

According to an article in the Alexandria Echo Press, the water damage along with hot and humid weather prompted concerns about mold growth. Water was running down walls and saturated the building, and it was not clear where the leak occurred.

Renovation experts say that it’s often difficult to pinpoint the source of the leak, since water can travel behind walls and along supporting structures before it can be seen.

The precautionary measure to evacuate the officers is a smart move – exposure to mold spores and mold mycotoxins can cause or aggravate existing health conditions in many individuals and cause symptoms such as

  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Coughing
  • Irritation of eyes, skin, nose and throat

    Cannabis drug

    Marijuana attracts the Aspergillus mold.

Mold can also become a major problem in property and evidence protection rooms where marijuana and other hazardous materials are stored.

Aspergillus mold is a common occurrence on improperly dried or improperly stored marijuana.

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Industrialized areas could benefit from better air pollution policies to avoid inequalities.

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study of an air quality management strategy for Detroit found that a localized approach would result in significantly improved health benefits for those most at risk.

The case study addresses EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s initiative on environmental justice, which focuses on ensuring that low income and minority groups are not disproportionately affected by pollution.

The study demonstrated that the approach approximately doubled the human health benefits achieved by the traditional approach, according to EPA lead author Neal Fann, an environmental protection specialist at the Agency.

A new approach would be particularly useful in urban areas, where vulnerable and susceptible populations are clustered geographically and where air quality varies substantially because of the effects of local traffic and other pollution sources.

The analysis, entitled “Maximizing Health Benefits and Minimizing Inequality: Incorporating Local Scale Data in the Design and Evaluation of Air Quality Policies,” appeared in the June issue of the journal Risk Analysis, published by the Society for Risk Analysis.

New approach targets multiple exposures at once

Conventional approaches to air pollution management focus on compliance of single pollutants at designated monitoring stations, while the new approach would focus on reducing multiple exposures in highly populated areas as well.

The authors construct population profiles to identify vulnerable and susceptible groups, identified by current health status (mortality and asthma rates) and exposure to air pollution (particulate matter), as well as by poverty and educational attainment.

They found that this more targeted approach reduces inequalities. The study “succeeded in generating substantial human health benefits – particularly among vulnerable and susceptible populations – while also lowering the overall level of air pollution risk inequality,” according to the authors.

The article suggests that flexible, localized air quality management strategies hold significant potential for improving the health of residents and resulting in fewer hospitalizations and deaths.

Source: Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Indoor air quality and health & safety

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Vapor intrusion can harm people's health.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a completed assessment of the health risks from vapor intrusion for residents living near the Havertown Superfund site and found that trichloroethylene (TCE) and its byproducts “do not pose an unacceptable risk to residents via a vapor intrusion pathway.

“These contaminants have not been detected in indoor air living space and therefore, a removal action is not required to mitigate potential risks from TCE.”

The Superfund site has been subject of governmental interjection after a wood treatment plant spilled hazardous chemicals into the river and affected the surrounding areas.

Trichloroethylene is a non-flammable, colorless liquid used as a solvent for cleaning or degreasing metal parts. It can enter groundwater when chemicals are spilled on the ground, poured down drains or otherwise disposed of improperly.

Depending on concentrations and exposure, TCE can cause nerve, kidney or liver damage as well as cancer of these organs.

The EPA announced in February that it would launch a vapor intrusion study due to concerns that TCE detected in groundwater on the Superfund site could be entering nearby homes through vapor intrusion, a process whereby volatile contaminants in soil and groundwater evaporate and gas off into buildings through cracks in basements and foundations, sump pumps, drainage pits or utility conduits.

In March, the EPA collected indoor and sub-slab/crawl space air samples from 10 residences in the vicinity.

The EPA suspects TCE concentrations are not related to historical operations at the Superfund site but derive from other, unidentified sources.

Source: Daily Times

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Poor indoor air quality in buildings can be harmful to human health.

UT researchers are studying the many aspects of indoor air quality (IAQ) to find solutions for a healthier life.

We spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors and are exposed to a variety of indoor air pollutants that can cause respiratory issues and other health effects.

According to a recent article in the Daily Texan, engineering professor Richard Corsi and his team of five professors and more than twenty graduate students in the Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering Program at UT are studying IAQ in general, and indoor ozone levels in particular.

“When ozone levels go up in cities, death rates and hospital visits go up, and most exposure to ozone comes from buildings,” Corsi was quoted. “Ozone is a really chemically reactive compound that forms new chemicals when it comes into contact with different substances. Some are harmless but some are very toxic.”

Indoor exposure to ozone can affect health: Researchers

The researchers say that ozone indoors ozone reacts negatively with carpet and most paper products, creating byproducts that can be detrimental to the respiratory system.

He his team are working to identify materials that remove ozone and other indoor air contaminants and to promote the use of those materials when new buildings are being made. One of the promising materials is clay, which removes ozone and does not create bad byproducts and which can be used on large surfaces such as walls and ceilings.

Cooling and heating systems, which are the only standard ways to filter indoor air, only operate 20 to 25 percent of the time, Brent Stephens, a civil engineering graduate student, said.

He said the only way to ensure better air quality is to use more energy and keep those systems operating more frequently and to use high grade air filters.

“At the end of the day, even in a summer in Austin, it doesn’t matter what kind of filter you have if the system doesn’t run.”

Stand-alone, portable air cleaners remove dangerous indoor pollutants

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Many Electrocorp air filtration systems can also be equipped with UV germicidal filtration for the neutralization of live contaminants such as bacteria, viruses and mold.

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