The L.A. city housing authority has promised to remove contaminated
soil, but some argue the chemical levels will still be too high.
The neighborhood of Jordan
Downs lies next to a 21-acre site that once housed a steel factory.
Residents and activists are concerned that soil contamination levels are
too high to make building on the site safe for families and young
(Bethany Mollenkof, Los Angeles Times / February 9, 2013) By Tony Barboza and Jessica GarrisonDecember 25, 2013, 9:11 p.m. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-jordan-downs-20131226,0,6659270.story#ixzz2obPeEgqS
Recycling is extremely important. Not only does recycling help the
planet, but it can even earn you some money in the process, as well. It
is fairly well known that when kids learn a habit early on in life, they
are more likely to continue that habit throughout their lives. Teaching
your kids about recycling early on, then, can encourage environmental
responsibility for life. But how do you go about teaching your child
about which rubbish is which? Incorporating games
and activities that teach them about recycling is a fun and easy way to
teach your children how to protect the environment through recycling; a
few ideas are below.
Read a Book
It seems rather simple, but books can help teach your children the
“why” behind recycling. When the characters in a book learn why
recycling is a good idea, your child learns, as well. Finding books that
include characters with whom your child will relate is key to
encouraging them to learn from their behaviour.
There are four recommended ways to dispose of asbestos.
These methods include dry stripping, controlled wet stripping, high
pressured water removal, and hot stripping. While all of these methods
are effective, removal of asbestos is actually not necessary. In fact, removing asbestos can be more dangerous than allowing this material to remain as it currently is.
to popular belief, asbestos in its natural form is not dangerous. In
fact, asbestos was once used for all kinds of commercial and industrial
applications from boat construction to building construction. Asbestos
can withstand high temperatures, it is not affected by abrasion, and it
does not react to alkaline or acid solutions. For all of these reasons,
contractors and developers used to prefer asbestos to any other
problem is that asbestos can be highly toxic when it has been
disturbed. When asbestos has been handled by human hands, crushed,
sawed, chiseled, or moved in any other manner, i…
State fails to keep track of hazardous waste
Los Angeles County Fire Department
hazardous materials specialist Mario Benjamin inspects an abandoned
container in an alley in Whittier in August. After the chemicals are
identified, appropriate pickup is arranged. (Christina House / For The
Times) More photos
On paper, California's rules on the
transport and disposal of hazardous waste are among the nation's
strictest. But there are huge holes in the system.By Jessica Garrison, Ben Poston and Kim Christensen Year after year the trucks rolled
in, dumping loads of sewage sludge and contaminated dirt at a
soil-recycling plant in this tiny desert community.
Thousands of deliveries were dutifully recorded in a state database.
Anyone who checked it would have seen that the plant had no state permit
to accept hazardous waste.
Yet the dumping went on for seven years — because state regulators
either did not look at their own records or did not act on the
information. The wast…
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for extended periods of time. New batteries can be stored for 6 to 12
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Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance made from silica which is
now banned due to its link with myriad health complications. While its
use can be traced back centuries, it was primarily used between the turn
of the 20th century through the late 1970s in industrial capacities.
Asbestos is a fibrous material which lent itself well to construction
compounds. It was used in most capacities as an insulation and
fireproofing compound, which could be added to a number of different
materials. Many of these materials still exist today. In fact,
asbestos-containing materials can be found in nearly 80 percent of
structures built before 1978.
What to Do About Asbestos
It is important to remember that not all these materials pose an
immediate threat. Asbestos must be rendered “friable” to be considered
hazardous. Friable asbestos fibers are those which are within a damaged
or aged compound and can potentially be released into the air. When
materials contain friable asbe…
Diesel fuel, gasoline and crude, it turned out, had been saturating
the soil under the town and its quaint beach for years. Public health
advocates and the state accused Unocal of spilling toxic substances into
a source of drinking water.
Unocal signed one of largest environmental settlements in California history: an agreement to cleanse Avila Beach.......
The project is seen by many as inevitable — even, potentially,
transformative. But bitterness from 'the trauma' lingers for some.
AVILA BEACH, Calif. — Pretty
regularly, the clouds cartwheel in from the sea and sock everybody in
around here, except tiny Avila Beach. It'll be dreary up in Morro Bay
and dreadful down in Pismo, but here,…
By Dan Shapley
A new report from the Environmental Working Group and Keep a Breast
Foundation identifies the "dirty dozen" endocrine disrupting
chemicals--those substances, often found in consumer products, food and
elsewhere in our daily lives, that mimic hormones and may affect a
variety of health issues. A growing body of independent science points
to concerns about the effect of some of these chemicals, even at low
doses (since the chemicals mimic hormones, which themselves can have big
effects on the body in tiny concentrations).
The actual list will mean something to some people, with some
now-recognizable chemicals like Bisphenol A and phthalates topping the
list. Also on the list: dioxin, atrazine, perchlorate, fire retardants,
lead, arsenic, mercury, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), organophosphate
pesticides and glycol ethers.
More critical are the tips for avoiding each of these substances. As
any consumer who has schooled herself on the subject of …
Health inspectors contain an asbestos dump in Wattle Lane, Untimo.
THE state government will scrap the waste levy on asbestos from home
renovations sent to tips in an effort to stop the potentially deadly
material being dumped on city streets.
Environment Minister Robyn Parker will also announce today that,
under the $3 million trial scheme, the Environmental Protection
Authority will pay $50 towards the cost of removing and transporting
asbestos to tips and landfill sites.
Asbestos dumping has become a major problem across the state, despite new laws that threaten imprisonment instead of a fine.
are trying to avoid the waste levy, which is charged at tips and
landfill sites and costs $107.80 per tonne in Sydney and $53.70 a tonne
in regional NSW.
One of the most infamous asbestos dumpings was a
tip truck opening its rear gate and depositing two tonnes outside a pair
of daycare centres on Wattle Lane at Ultimo in inner Sydney last
December which took tw…
LA Testing provides
environmental and air testing services to ensure asbestos found in
California does not cause health concerns for area residents.
A recent article highlighted the fact that once asbestos has been
removed from a building the health concerns caused by the asbestos do
not just go away. A California family in Vacaville is concerned about
their health because of asbestos that is being dumped in a nearby
The family purchased their home before the landfill was opened and
according to the article have complained on several occasions to the
landfill operators about unpleasant smells. According to the homeowners
these complaints have not been acknowledged which leads them to be even
more concerned about the asbestos waste at the landfill.
The company that runs the landfill says the asbestos waste is
specially packaged and inspected before being buried separately in an
isolated area. Asbestos from building materials and other waste is
concept store in Shanghai was built completely out of trash and
recylced materials by Miniwiz Sustainable Development. Photo: Miniwiz
When sports and athletic apparel retail giant Nike opened
its concept store in China earlier this year, it took the idea of
recycling to a whole new level. The Shanghai store, which was designed
by the Taiwan-based architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development, is called the Nike X158 Hyper Nature — and it’s made completely out of trash.
With no virgin materials to be found, the building has gained acclaim
for its forward-thinking approach to construction. In addition to using
all recycled materials, the construction was done without the use of
any glue — which means the materials used to build the facility can all
be re-recycled down the line.
Among the items used to construct the modern, urban building are: More than 50,000 used CDs and DVDsMore than 5,000 drink …
Popcorn ceiling texture close up
A popcorn ceiling, also known as cottage cheese ceiling or more accurately a Stucco ceiling, is a term for a spray-on or paint-on ceiling
treatment used from the late 1950s into the 1980s in American
residential construction. It was the standard for bedroom and
residential hallway ceilings for its bright, white appearance, noise
reduction qualities and ability to hide imperfections, while kitchen and
living rooms ceilings would normally be finished in smoother
skip-trowel or orange peel texture for their higher durability and ease of cleaning.
In early formulations it often contained white asbestos fibers. When asbestos was banned in ceiling treatments by the Clean Air Act of 1978 in the United States,
popcorn ceilings fell out of favor in much of the country. However, in
order to minimize economic hardship to suppliers and installers,
existing inventories of asbestos-bearing texturing materials were exempt
from the ban, so it is possibl…
is the time to go green. If you were ever wondering if it was worth
your time, money, and thought, then you should know that the answer is
simple. Yes. Yes, you should be adjusting your life to go green in as
many ways as possible. The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
are currently higher than they have ever been at any point in human
history – and anything you can do to lower your impact on the
environment is good. Besides the obvious environmental incentives, there
are other good reasons to go green. It often ends up saving you money,
because energy is expensive. And, if you are smart with the way you make
your green changes, you will likely end up saving yourself time, too.
So how should you go green? There are a lot of ways – seemingly
endless ways, in fact. But with summer coming up, you might be
interested in lowering your cooling costs. You can go green in the way
you heat and cool your house, and you can do it with minimal efforts. It
will be wor…
Registry enables you to search for a provider's NPPES information. All
information produced by the NPI Registry is provided in accordance with
the NPPES Data Dissemination Notice. Information in the NPI Registry is
updated daily. You may run simple queries to retrieve this read-only
data. For example, users may search for a provider by the NPI or Legal
Business Name. There is no charge to use the NPI Registry.
Some health care providers reported their SSNs, IRS ITINs or EINs
in sections of the NPI application that contain information that
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IRS ITINs in FOIA-disclosable fields (such as in the "Other
Provider Identifiers" or "License Number" fields).
2. An incorporated individual, when applying for an NPI
for the corporation, may have r…
If you generate hazardous waste, you
hould consult with your Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). Fina
strongly encourages all businesses generating hazardous waste to consider waste minim
zation, source reduction and pollution prevention. Go to the Duty Officer FAQs for us
What is asbestos and how dangerous is it?
Asbestos refers to a family of fibrous minerals found all over world and in the serpe
tine rock that occurs throughout California. When the fibers break off and become
airborne, they can create a health r
isk if inhaled. Asbestos exposure is associated
with certain types of lung cancer, and long time occupational exposure can also cause
the lung disease asbestosis. Read more about the health risks of asbestos in the
DTSC fact sheet
and the California Department of
Asbestos in the Home and Workplace
. In the past, asbestos was used