Category Archives: Air Quality

Combustible Dust Safety in the Recycling Industry – Part 1

Dominick DalSanto is a guest contributor to the EES blog.  Dominick is an environmental technologies expert for www.baghouse.com and has authored numerous articles, whitepapers, and blogs on dust collection systems for industrial sources.  This is Part 1 of his series on combustible dust … Continue reading

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A Majority of Areas in the US Are Meeting Air Quality Standards for Lead

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed a study on the lead contamination in the air.  The study has determined that 39 states are meeting the national air quality standards for lead.  These standards were strengthened in 2008, decreasing the … Continue reading

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First Texas Greenhouse Gas Permit Issued

The U.S. EPA issued the first greenhouse gas (GHG) permit in the state of Texas on November 12, after assuming regulatory control over its air permitting program in January of 2011.  The permit was issued to the Lower Colorado River … Continue reading

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EPA Published Final Rule On SO2 Emissions From PA Power Plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the long awaited petition filed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from a neighboring Pennsylvania power plant.  The initial petition was filed by NJDEP … Continue reading

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Air Pollution Linked To Birth Defects

A recent collaborative study between University of Texas-Austin and Peking University researchers published earlier this month linked air pollutants and pesticides to a 450 percent increase in risk for birth defects. The primary pesticides responsible for the risk increase are … Continue reading

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Can Trees Help Clean Our Air?

A recent international study revealed trees to have  significant air pollution mitigation potential in urban areas with substantial amount of particulate matter (PM10).  The study entitled, “Estimating the removal of atmospheric particulate pollution by the urban tree canopy of London, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Issues Technical Air Quality Permitting Documents

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection submitted technical guidance documents for public review and comment to the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Tuesday, October 12.  The technical documents concern new sources of stationary air emissions and whether the “air aggregation” determinations are … Continue reading

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Strategies for Odor Abatement at Commercial and Industrial Facilities

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important aspect of the safety of commercial and industrial facilities.  Poor odors in a facility can be a signal to poor IAQ and can lead to the shutdown of workplaces for cleaning and renovations.  … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania in the Top 20 States with Most Toxic Air Pollution

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released an analysis on the toxic pollution from power plants entitled “Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States”.  The report was also released by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).  The … Continue reading

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NASA to Improve Satellite Air Quality Monitoring

Starting June 27, two NASA research airplanes will work to improve the ability of satellites to accurately measure air quality from space.  The planes will fly from Beltsville, Maryland to the northeastern corner of Maryland, following major roadway traffic corridors. … Continue reading

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