Category: Air Quality

Millions of people live in regions and indoor situations where the air quality can cause serious health problems. Air quality can affect our daily lives, and like the weather, it can change every day. Ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide and other pollutants can cause negative effects on air quality, including threats to human health, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations through the Clean Air Act. Keep reading to learn how to navigate air quality and protect yourself... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Jun 1
Air Quality Awareness Week is a timely reminder for everyone to consider how important the air around us is and to become more conscious of other contributors to pollution. An array of human activity can make a difference in our air quality from driving automobiles to using fertilizers to starting wood burning fires. Industrial manufacturing facilities, including electricity providers can be major contributors to pollution, potentially releasing organic compounds, chemicals and carbon monox... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Apr 29
by Maggie Strom, QEP, CHMM - Founder and president The science of environmental assessment, remediation and risk assessment is continually evolving as the understanding of contaminant behavior and pathways for human exposure are better defined. Vapor intrusion, the migration of potentially hazardous vapors from groundwater or soil contamination into indoor spaces, has recently become a major focus for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation as it pertains to risk assessmen... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 8
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently released its final rule for new standards concerning crystalline silica exposure in the workplace.  This rule has implications for employers in construction, general industry, and the maritime industry.  The new rule is intended to protect workers from high levels of crystalline silica inhalation, which can lead to respiratory illnesses such as silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 27
NEED A RELIEF FOR SUMMER ALLERGIES? GET RID OF YOUR INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS! While opening your windows during the mild-weathered spring is a nice change to the icy, freezing winter that Memphis endured, the hot summer air that will soon be upon us can cause an increase of indoor air pollutants that can be damaging to your health and wellbeing. In order to keep air conditioning inside your home, tight seals on doors and windows are important. While this keeps your house cool and... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jun 12
EPA ANNOUNCES PROPOSED CLEAN POWER PLAN The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new carbon pollution rule for existing fossil fuel-powered plants. This legislation will be known as the Clean Power Plan. Though people in our industry have been working tirelessly to transform the United States into an environmentally conscious nation, this recent article gives some thought-provoking reasons as to why the Clean Power Plan will be the catalyst for our nation to ... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jun 23
The University of Memphis, the Shelby County Health Department and Middle Tennessee State University are conducting a major air quality study through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air Pollution Special Studies Grant Program. The three-year study, Reducing Exposure to Airborne Chemical Toxics (REACT), will monitor more than 60 air toxics in the Memphis area and will collect samples for one year. Volunteers are needed to host sampling canisters. Those interested must have a f... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Aug 27
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Posted by Larkin Myers at May 3
SEQUESTER IMPACTS We keep seeing news about the Sequester and how it will affect America. Thanks to an industry article written by Environmental Leader, here is a summary of the impacts that are expected be felt in the environmental arena: Closure of air monitoring stations; Limited inspections of oil-storage facilities; Elimination of air quality forecasting; Reduction of funding for Superfund enforcement; and Cancellation of more than 100 water quality projects. The effects on o... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Feb 28