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COVID-19 Induced Waste Scenario

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will go down as one of the most disruptive events in modern history. Of all the conditions that have affected the world due to the pandemic, one thing that is causing a growing concern is the increase in waste volume. The increase in the volume of waste products has caused considerable concern that the virus may spread faster than ever before.  Increase in COVID-19 Waste Product Waste processing systems around the world are predicated on the movement and location ... Read more

E-waste – A Toxic Waste Stream

E-Waste consists of discarded electronic parts. It is quickly becoming one of the largest disposal issues. Finding ways to properly dispose of electronic panels, computers, mobile devices, and other scrap electronic devices are becoming quite problematic.  This is especially true in developing countries where advances in digital technology are rapidly rising. The lack of recycling e-waste is leading to rising health concerns.  The Buildup of E-Waste The reason why electronic waste is becoming a greater issue is because of advancing technology. Today’s computers, mobile ... Read more

Mold Can Be a Big Problem in the Summer

The warm months of summer make the perfect breeding environment for mold. The combination of rain, humidity, and heat creates the perfect place for mold to grow. Solutions exist to slow or prevent the growth of mold inside your home. Reduce Humidity to Avoid Mold This means that all activities in your home that generate increased moisture in the air need to be reduced. From cooking to showering to running the dishwasher, you’ll want to properly ventilate all areas of the home that generate moisture. By keeping ... Read more

New EPA Ruling Does Not Eliminate Asbestos. How Does This Affect You?

The latest ruling from the EPA, which was released on April 17, 2019, does not call for the total banning of asbestos in terms of imports for commercial use. This means that companies that wish to import or use asbestos materials in their products must be approved by the EPA before they can proceed. This new ruling leaves many angry at the EPA for not banning the substance totally. However, there have been asbestos products that are now banned because they put ... Read more

Outdated EPA Regulations May Increase Asbestos Exposure

Earlier this year, the Office of the Inspector General announced that it believed that the Environmental Protection Agency (an agency obviously expressly created in order to protect the environment) does not have adequate policies in place to protect the public from asbestos exposure. For example, the OIG specifically noted a policy that allows companies or individuals to release water that has been contaminated by asbestos. This regulation is part of the National Emissions Standard for Asbestos, which was first released in 1973, ... Read more

Five Things You Need to Know about Asbestos

After a few decades of controversy, asbestos has largely fallen out of the public spotlight. Regulations enacted in the late 1980s seemed to quell the public’s concerns about asbestos, and society has moved on to worrying about other environmental issues. The truth is, however, that asbestos is still very much a problem in this country, especially considering how frequently it was used in buildings throughout most of the last century. Here are five things you need to know about asbestos: 1. Asbestos ... Read more

Facts About Mold

What Are Molds? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth. What are some ... Read more

Hazardous Waste and Substances Facts

Chemicals are used to make just about everything we use, from paper, to medicine, to clothing, to gasoline. Chemicals are the building blocks of our world, and while most are perfectly safe to use, there are quite a few, especially made by humans, that can be dangerous, and which need to be disposed of properly, in order to maintain our safety. What is classified as hazardous waste? Obviously, not all chemicals are hazardous. Chemical compounds like sodium chloride (table salt), are used every ... Read more

Mold Warning Signs: How to Tell if You Have a Mold Problem

We all have that friend who is constantly complaining of some non-existent problem. She thinks her house had mold, but she can’t prove it. The paranoia has set in. You don’t have to wonder whether or not you have mold in your home. Knowing is, of course, half the battle. Don’t let hysteria set in at the first sight of an discolored spot on your wall—before you do anything drastic, make sure you know whether or not you really have mold. ... Read more

Lead Exposure May Cause Depression and Anxiety in Children

A high level of lead exposure has long been known to cause serious behavioral problems in children, however, a recent study has found that even low levels of exposure can create serious problems. Anxiety and depression were among two of the most common affects cited in the study. This study was conducted in China, following over a thousand children in Jintan, where experts believed that pollution, caused by industrialization of the region, was seriously affecting the population. First tested as preschoolers, lead ... Read more
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