US Senate passes resolution for 10th annual National Asbestos Awareness Week

February 28, 2014- The US Senate passed a resolution last month designating the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week for the 10th year in a row.

 

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America’s Shale Gas Has Profound Impact Worldwide

February 26, 2014- The biggest innovation in energy so far this century has been the development of shale gas and the associated resource known as “tight oil.”  

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Study: Link Found Between DDT Exposure and Alzheimer’s Disease

February 25, 2014- For more than 40 years scientists have known of the harm that the synthetic pesticide DDT causes in bird habitats and the environment. Now comes news that the chemical compound DDE, created as DDT breaks down, was higher in the blood of late-onset Alzheimer's disease patients as compared to a control group who did not have Alzheimer's disease. 

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What Homeowners Should Know About Radon

February 20, 2014- About one in 15 homes in the US contain radon, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that’s linked to 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Because radon lurks in nearly all soil, it can creep into holes or cracks in the walls or foundation of any home.

 

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Combustible Dusts Classified Under New OSHA HazCom Standard

February 17, 2014- The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an agency memo that will provide guidance to OSHA compliance safety and health officers on the proper classification of their products for combustible dust hazards. The revised Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard is the source of the compliance guidelines. 

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West Virginia Chemical Spill Worse Than First Reported

February 14, 2014- The Elk River chemical spill in West Virginia that occurred in January involved more gallons of chemicals than was previously reported, says The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

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During “Bridgegate,” Air Monitors Saw a Spike in Pollution

February 12, 2014- One night before local lanes to New Jersey’s George Washington Bridge were closed last fall in a suspected act of political retribution, an air-quality monitor run by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in Trenton stopped collecting data. 

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Building Enclosure Council Event on Parapet Design, Issues & Repair Expected to Draw a Wide Audience

February 10, 2014- Parapet Design, Issues & Repair, the BEC-Chicago's upcoming event on Friday, February 14th, will draw interest from manufacturers, facility managers, building owners, property managers and, of course, a large number of architects and contractors. 

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OSHA: Comment Period on Proposed Silica Rule Extended to February 11

February 7, 2014- The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the public comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica until Feb. 11, 2014. 

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Spray Foam Insulation Seminar To Be Held in Chicago February 10th and 11th

February 6, 2014- The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and Icynene is sponsoring at Spray Foam Insulation Seminar on February 10th and 11th that will cover how spray foam insulation helps create more energy-efficient buildings.

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Nike Advances Beyond Water, Chemical Dyeing

February 5, 2014- In a recent article, "Nike Moves To Water-Free, Chemical-Free Dyeing," the GreenBiz.com blog is reporting on a new carbon-based process for dyeing polyester with neither the need for enormous amounts of water nor the toxic footprint historically associated with chemical dyeing.

 

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EPA Honors Green Innovator Who Uses Chicken Feathers and Plant Fibers to Create Eco-Leather

February 3, 2014- The EPA has honored the University of Delaware's Richard Wool with its Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his extensive work developing bio-based materials to support the green energy infrastructure.  

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