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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

7 Unexpected Sources of Lead Exposure

The serious water crisis in Flint Michigan, still ongoing, has brought the issue of lead contamination back into the public spotlight. Most people assumed they were safe from lead exposure, but this crisis has highlighted the reality that lead could be lurking in our own homes and we wouldn’t even know it. Here are seven places lead might be hiding: 1. In the soil – Lead seeps into soil from a number of different sources, including from lead-based paint, from ground water, ... Read more

The 5 Biggest Myths about Asbestos in Schools

Like most children, your kids probably spend the majority of their time at school. When they are at school, they are completely out of your supervision and protection. Do you know what they might be breathing in while at school? Some children may still be exposed to asbestos in the halls of their school, which can cause a wide variety of health problems, ranging from mesothelioma to asbestosis. Here are five myths you might still believe about asbestos in schools: 1. Asbestos ... Read more

Recycling Industrial Waste Materials

Just about any type of manufacturing is going to have some sort of waste. Many industries will find themselves having to deal with industrial waste materials, and they might not know exactly what to do with them. These types of waste will be laden with hazardous chemicals and it is important to dispose of them properly to make sure that no humans, animals, or land come into contact with them. This waste usually cannot be handled by municipal waste management organizations, ... Read more

Are You Doing a DIY Project? Here’s How to Avoid Dangerous Substances and Fumes

Most people tackle do-it-yourself projects without thinking twice about whether or not there might be dangerous substances lurking in their home or used for that project. The truth is that even a simple DIY project like painting a room can lead you to encounter toxic, potentially hazardous materials. Here are a few tips for avoiding those fumes and substances as you do those DIY projects: If you are opening up a wall or ceiling, get help. While your goal is to the ... Read more
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