Renewable Energy Captured From Bacterial Spores' Response to Humidity

March 31, 2014- A novel source of renewable energy has made news, and its developers imagine a world with "electrical generators driven by changes in humidity from sun-warmed ponds and harbors." 

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Asbestos-Going,Going,Gone! - Not Yet

March 26, 2014- Although baseball season is here and the spring thaw has thoughts of demolition dancing in our heads, please keep in mind that asbestos is a forever deal.

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Homing In On Radon

March 25, 2014- Each year, more than 21,000 Americans die from radon-linked lung cancer. As a follow-up to our blog post on the danger of radon exposure in our nation's schools, "The ABCs of the EPA's National Radon Action Month," we spotted a weather.com article that urges homeowners to test for radon.

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Illinois Ranked No. 1 in LEED-Certified Projects in 2013

March 21, 2014- The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Illinois had the most LEED-certified buildings in 2013.

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Hospital CFOs See Green Strategies "LEEDing" the Way to Sustainability

March 20, 2014- Hospitals are beginning to see the benefits of pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification.
 

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Rural Electric Cooperatives Seeking More Compliance Time

March 18, 2014- Proposed rule-making on occupational exposure to crystalline silica by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is again in the news. 

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EPA Takes Action To Protect Public From Harmful Lead Exposure

March 14, 2014- The EPA announced in February enforcement actions that will require 35 home renovation contractors and training providers to take additional steps to protect communities by minimizing harmful lead dust from home renovations, as required by the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Standards.

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Safety at Chemical Facilities Needs Improvement, Says CSB Chair

March 13, 2014- On Jan. 9, a steel tank at Freedom Industries’ facility leaked up to 10,000 gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) near the Elk River, contaminating the water supply of about 300,000 West Virginians.

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In a Rare Move, Beijing Issues Air Pollution Alert

March 11, 2014- When the air gets really bad, Beijing reportedly has an emergency plan to pull half the city's cars off the road. The only problem is: It could be difficult to ever set that plan in motion.

 

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Chicago Takes On 'Black Dust'

March 7, 2014- Chicago has not yet banned petroleum coke, or "petcoke," but the city appears set to take another big step in its crackdown against the mostly-carbon black dust.

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How To Get Better Indoor Air Quality And Improved Health

March 6, 2014- Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, breathing air that has two to five times more pollutants than outdoor air (in some cases 100 times more). But while outdoor air quality gets plenty of attention, indoor air quality is key as well. 

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Catalyst Suggests An Efficient, Environmentally Friendly Way to Produce Molecular Hydrogen

March 4, 2014- Although hydrogen is an abundant element, its presence as a pure gas H2 is rare. Creating H2 from natural gas is expensive and consumes large amounts of energy while releasing carbon into the atmosphere.
 

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