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EPA Administrator to Address World Economic Forum in Davos/Will highlight business and economic opportunities in addressing climate change

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 13:42
WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week to highlight President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and discuss the business and economic opportunities that come from addressing climate change. While there, McCarthy will discuss the common sense steps the U.S. is taking to reduce carbon pollution, the international leadership and cooperation in which the U.S

That dream house may contain some hidden flaws - The Journal News / Lohud.com

Google Home Inspector News - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 05:39

That dream house may contain some hidden flaws
The Journal News / Lohud.com
According to Bruce McClure, a practicing home inspector who wrote the book 'Buy or Run: I'm a Real Home Inspector, Not a TV Celebrity,' this electrical wire would definitely draw negative attention during a home inspection. Credit: Bruce McClure ...

Camano Island (WA) Chlorine Release Safely Resolved

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 18:32
(Seattle – January 15, 2014) During the early hours of January 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at the request of state and local authorities, responded to a reported chlorine gas release at a private residence on Camano Island WA, a rural area 60 miles north of Seattle. According to Camano Island Fire & Rescue (CIFR), who were first on the scene, a local resident was scrapping an old pressurized steel tank, which he believed was empty

Ask Your Home Inspector: Inspectors serve as impartial party in sale of home - Wausau Daily Herald

Google Home Inspector News - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:39

Ask Your Home Inspector: Inspectors serve as impartial party in sale of home
Wausau Daily Herald
The home inspector must be an impartial third party to the transaction and needs to report honestly and fairly. The home inspector does not promote the sale of the home or take a stand one way or another on whether the client should buy the property.

Home inspector investigation continues - Clay Today Online

Google Home Inspector News - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 03:10

Home inspector investigation continues
Clay Today Online
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – An Orange Park man first arrested in November for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 worth of jewelry from a home in Green Cove Springs has been handed four new counts of grand theft for the alleged theft of at least an ...

Georgia Ports Authority wins EPA Award

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:44
Savannah, Ga. – Christopher Grundler, director, office of transportation and air quality for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Stan Meiburg, acting regional administrator for the EPA’s Southeast Region, will visit the Port of Savannah on Friday, Jan. 17, to present an award to the GPA for environmental stewardship. Media are invited to this exclusive opportunity to hear comments and interview officials

Food Processing Company Settles Violations of Chemical Release Reporting Requirements at Allentown, Pa. Facility

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 18:39
PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 15, 2014) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that SunOpta Consumer Products Group, a division of SunOpta Foods, Inc., has agreed to pay a $19,049 penalty for failing to properly report a September 12, 2012 ammonia release at its food processing facility in Allentown, Pa

EPA Launches New Citizen Science Website; Resources Available to Conduct Scientific Investigations in Communities

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Thu, 01/09/2014 - 15:31
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revamped its Citizen Science website to provide new resources and success stories to assist the public in conducting scientific research and collecting data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern. The website can be found at www.epa.gov/region2/citizenscience

Oregon Door Company settles for violations of federal air laws and reporting regulations

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 18:37
(Seattle—Jan. 8, 2014) Oregon Door Company, based in Dillard, Oregon, settled violations of federal air laws and reporting regulations, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice. The violations were associated with the company’s emissions and reporting of toluene, a solvent for paints and stains

EPA Requires Hudson, NH Manufacturing Company to Pay a Fine and Make Hazardous Waste Operations Safer for Community

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Wed, 01/08/2014 - 17:10
(Boston, Mass) A manufacturer of printing equipment in Hudson, NH has agreed to pay a penalty of $116,000 to resolve claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated hazardous waste laws. In an agreement signed recently with EPA’s New England office, Presstek, Inc. (Presstek) agreed to pay the penalty and to comply with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

EPA Orders Company to Stop Removing Asbestos at the Former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dutchess County, NY

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 18:10
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Olivet Management LLC to stop all work that could disturb asbestos at its facility, The Olivet Center, in Dover, New York. Buildings at the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center are being renovated for future use as a research institution and information technology hub by Olivet University

Carville, La., Plant Agrees to Address Clean Air Act Violations

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:44
DALLAS – (Jan. 6, 2014) The Cos-Mar Company of Carville, La. has agreed to correct violations of the Clean Air Act. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will take a number of steps to better protect the health of the local community, reduce emissions, and come into full compliance with federal clean air laws

A Risk You Can Fix: Protect Your Family’s Health by Testing Your Home for Radon Gas in 2014 / 21,000 Radon-Related Lung Cancer Deaths Each Year

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 19:25
WASHINGTON – As Americans across the country look for ways to improve their health this New Year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is highlighting radon testing and mitigation as a simple and affordable step to significantly reduce the risk for lung cancer. Radon is a natural colorless, odorless radioactive gas, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but testing for radon and reducing elevated levels when they are found can make your home healthier and safer

Dallas-based Companies Agree to Pay Civil Penalty to Settle Clean Air Act Violations Stemming From Illegal Import of Vehicles

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 17:00
WASHINGTON – A Dallas-based group of companies and their owner must either stop importing vehicles or follow a comprehensive compliance plan to settle Clean Air Act (CAA) violations stemming from the alleged illegal import of over 24,167 highway motorcycles and recreational vehicles into the United States without proper documentation, announced the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The four parties are also required to pay a $120,000 civil penalty

EPA Funds LSU Study to Protect Bees from Pesticides (LA)

EPA Texas Region News - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 04:00
DALLAS – (Jan. 6, 2014) Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a grant for more than $167,000 to Dr. Kristen Healy of the Louisiana State University AgCenter at a ceremony on Wednesday, January 8. The grant will fund a study to assess the impact of mosquito-control methods on honey bees. The study will look at development and application of insecticides used to control adult mosquito populations to minimize impacts on honey bee health

Carville, La., Plant Agrees to Address Clean Air Act Violations (LA)

EPA Texas Region News - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 04:00
DALLAS – (Jan. 6, 2014) The Cos-Mar Company of Carville, La. has agreed to correct violations of the Clean Air Act. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will take a number of steps to better protect the health of the local community, reduce emissions, and come into full compliance with federal clean air laws

Roof nondisclosure falls on inspector - Albuquerque Journal (subscription)

Google Home Inspector News - Sun, 01/05/2014 - 07:55

Roof nondisclosure falls on inspector
Albuquerque Journal (subscription)
In this case, the home inspector is the one who should be answering questions about nondisclosure, especially if the roof defects were observable. You should consult an attorney to see what your position is according to law. You should also hire a home ...

EPA Proposes Updates to Air Standards for Newly Manufactured Woodstoves and Heaters/Updates would make the next generation of woodstoves and heaters significantly cleaner and more efficient

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 16:02
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing standards for the amount of air pollution that can be emitted by new woodstoves and heaters, beginning in 2015. The agency’s proposal would make the next generation of stoves and heaters an estimated 80 percent cleaner than those manufactured today, leading to important air quality and public health improvements in communities across the country

£49k-a-year care home inspector set to be kept on at Notts County Council - Nottingham Post

Google Home Inspector News - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:54

£49k-a-year care home inspector set to be kept on at Notts County Council
Nottingham Post
A CARE home inspector is set to continue his work for Notts County Council at an annual cost to the taxpayer of £49,000. The authority is likely to agree to retain the compliance manager from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to improve the quality of ...

EPA Extends Public Comment Period to February 5 for Plan to Address Pollution at Ringwood Mines Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey

EPA Indoor Air Quality News - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 16:49
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the cleanup plan proposed on September 30, 2013 for the Ringwood Mines Superfund site in Ringwood, NJ until February 5, 2014
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