Environmental Protection

Air


New Roof Design to Make Homes More Efficient

A new roof and attic system improves efficiency in homes, making them cooler in summer and warmer in winter by pulling air from the beneath the attic into an inclined air space above the roof.

Bacterial Protein Found in House Dust Linked to Asthma

A bacterial protein in common house dust may make allergic responses to indoor allergens more severe, according to research conducted by the National Institutes of Health and Duke University.

Funds Awarded by EPA for Indoor Air Quality Improvement

EPA has announced it will provide $1.2 million in funding to 32 state and local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations for indoor air quality improvement projects.

Traffic Air Pollution Exposure in Infancy Reduces Lung Function in Children

Air pollution from traffic exposed to infants is linked to lung function deficits in children up to eight years of age, especially among children who suffer from common allergies.

Students Encouraged by DEP to Enter National Radon Poster Contest

DEP urges Pennsylvania students, ages 9 to 14, to enter a national poster contest that helps raise awareness about the dangers of radon. The contest deadline is Nov. 2, 2012.

Clean Diesel Projects Receive Millions from EPA

As part of an ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to premature deaths and asthma attacks, the EPA has awarded $30 million for clean diesel projects.

ASHRAE Seeks Abstracts for IAQ 2013

The Environmental Health in Low-Energy Buildings conference will take place in October 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.

Air Quality Guidance for Oil and Gas Companies in Pennsylvania

Air Aggregation guidelines for oil and gas operations were announced by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer on Oct. 5, 2012.



Washington State Proposes Updates for Low Emission Vehicle Standards

The state's Department of Ecology announced routine updates for low emission vehicle standards in order to stay compliant with federal and state laws.

Payoff from Idling Coal Plants Overestimated, Researchers Say

Four researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Green Design Institute discuss their more conservative estimates of greenhouse gas emission reductions in two papers this month.

EPA Hosting Black Carbon Symposium Nov. 14

To allow as many people to attend as possible, EPA is holding a satellite event the same day in New York City and also a webinar.

Houston's Port Authority Earns Clean Air Award

The Houston-Galveston Area Council has presented awards to the authority four consecutive years.

EPA Measures VOCs at NY Site

The agency on Sept. 28 released its evaluation of air samples taken about two weeks earlier at the Hillcrest Industries site in Attica, N.Y., and the surrounding community.

40 Natural Gas Trucks Added to 99 Cents Only's CA Fleet

The company said these new leased vehicles replace its oldest diesel trucks and give it one of the largest private natural gas fleets in Southern California.

Two $100,000 Prizes Presented by Savannah Ocean Exchange

The winners of the 2012 Solutions Exchange awards are Protei and Nonox Ltd.

NIST Identifies 60 Promising Refrigerant Fluids

Using a new computational method, researchers at the Commerce Department agency found these have low global warming potential and boiling points low enough to be used in common refrigeration equipment.

Colorado's Air Plan Earns Final OK

Included in the plan is the 2010 Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, which is intended to set emissions controls, retire inefficient coal power plants, and convert certain electric generating units from coal to natural gas.

TCEQ Hosting Air Permitting Seminar, Workshop

The double-barrelled event in Austin, Texas, consists of a seminar on Sept. 10 and a workshop for oil & gas facilities' personnel on Sept. 11.

Cleaner Cars Credited for Better L.A. Air, but Pollution is Still the Worst in U.S.

According to a study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the levels of certain vehicle-related pollutants in Los Angeles have dropped by 98 percent since the 1960s.

Half of the Particulate Pollution in North America Comes from Other Continents

Roughly half the aerosols that affect air quality and climate change in North America may be coming from other continents.

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