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Businesses Fined for Illegal Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Any business that must deal with hazardous waste may face considerable fines if they do not remove and dispose of it properly and legally. Recently, the Department of Health & Human Services in Humboldt County issued fines to four separate businesses for their failure to comply with storage and disposal standards. Antich Automotive, Eureka: $6,080 in fines for waste oil spill Figas Construction, Arcata: $14,000 in fines for illegal transportation of hazardous waste Hoopa Valley Ready-Mix, Willow Creek: $7,835 in fines ... Read more

Changes to Asbestos Law by California Supreme Court

On December 8th, 2016, the Supreme Court of California ruled that companies may be held accountable for something known as secondary asbestos exposure in the home of a worker. In other words, companies now have the responsibility to prevent employees from accidentally carrying asbestos on their clothing or bodies into their homes where it may affect others in the household. How the Ruling Came About The Supreme Court of California made its ruling based on two lawsuits. In one case, a woman contracted ... Read more

Mold Found in Some Children’s Toys

  Have you checked your children’s toys for mold recently? Toys made from rubber, including teething rings and sippy cups, can easily trap moisture which could lead to mold growth. If you have witnessed black, watery gunk oozing out of your kids’ bath toys upon squeezing, it is likely black mold. Mold is certainly gross, but what danger does it pose to kids?   What leads to the growth of mold? Anything that has the ability to trap moisture could be a potential site for the growth ... Read more

The Dangers of DIY Renovations

Creating your own home makeover using DIY methods can be appealing. Between the gratification of knowing you built something with your own hands to the potential of saving money, we often forget about the dangers that come with such DIY renovations. Ultimately, it’s important to keep your home safe. Home renovations often mean revealing drywall and insulation that could be hiding dangerous materials. These kinds of renovations are much safer when done with the help of professionals and experts. One of the ... Read more

Know the Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

Before 1978, particularly in the 1950s, lead was a common ingredient found in house paint. Homes painted with lead-based paint pose a constant threat even today, as painted surfaces break down over time, releasing lead dust that can be breathed in by children. Windows, doors, steps and porches are key zones where lead dust can be released. Lead-based paint can similarly contaminate the soil around homes, a consequence of chipping paint and renovation activity. People can track this soil into homes where ... Read more

Lead Contamination Near L.A. County Battery Recycling Plant

In March of last year, a L.A. County battery recycling plant that had long emitted dangerous pollutants was closed. Before the Exide Technologies plant shut down, as many as 10,000 homes were contaminated with poisonous lead. The California Department of Toxic Substance has done a survey of 1,000 properties in the surrounding neighborhoods and found that all contained lead contamination in varying degrees. Children suffer the most from toxic lead contamination. Analysis by the state Department of Health revealed that 3.58% of ... Read more

Desert Cities More Prone to Mold Growth

  Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist and mold health authority, claims that residents of cities like Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix are most affected by toxic molds. He says this pollution is both within their homes and their workplaces. There are 4 factors that explain why these desert cities are more prone to and affected by mold contamination: 1. These cities have dry desert soils. One deadly species of mold, Valley Fever, grows in these desert soils. Valley Fever is ... Read more

Asbestos Bill Introduced to the US Senate

Asbestos exposure victims have always looked up to US Senator Barbara Boxer for her strong stance on eradicating asbestos use ever since the Asbestos Disease Organization (ADAO) came into existence. Together with another US Senator, Jon Tester, she has successfully introduced a new bill to the U.S. Senate in September, called the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016. This act has successfully accelerated the ban on asbestos, though many such attempts in the past have not succeeded. This act has the following ... Read more

Is There Electronic Waste in Your Home?

When most people think of hazardous waste, they think of runoff from huge manufacturing plants that use chemicals in the creation of their products. The truth is, however, that there are many types of hazardous waste in our homes. While cleaning chemicals are usually formulated to be safe to go down the drain (with some notable exceptions), the electronics that most people have in their homes can often be classified as hazardous waste, meaning that these electronics should not go in the ... Read more

The Dangers of Trichloroethylene in Ground Water

When most people hear “trichloroethylene,” they probably have no frame of reference for this chemical, what it is used for, or how it gets into drinking water. This is one of the most common industrial solvents on the market. It is clear, doesn’t catch of fire, and has a sweet smell that makes it ideal for cleaning a huge variety of things. Runoff from manufacturing plants and businesses that use this solvent can affect the health of drinking water in some ... Read more
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