Monthly Archives: May 2017

Stuff National: “Rats chew through water pipe causing thousands of dollars in damage”

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Brian Turner has a rat in his ceiling and he’s not sure what to do.

This month the rodent, or rodents, repeatedly chewed through tough plastic water pipes in his roof causing water to flood his New Plymouth home.

Turner’s had to call in a plumber to fix the leaks but the cost to repair the damage to his ceiling, carpet, wallpaper and warped door frames is set to reach an estimated $8000.

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Cochrane & Associates, LLC, Vinyl Chloride and Potential Exposure Concerns Discussed in New Video

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Phoenix, AZ — Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses the industrial chemical known as vinyl chloride and potential exposure concerns.

“Vinyl chloride is an important industrial chemical that is produced in large quantities as a chemical intermediate for manufacturing other products, such PVC,” said Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates and the IAQ Video Network.  “For those who could have occupational exposures to this chemical there are potential health concerns. The National Cancer Institute states that vinyl chloride exposure is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer, as well as brain and lung cancers, lymphoma and leukemia.”

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Contractor Magazine, IAPMO leads coalition effort urging EPA to continue funding WaterSense

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WASHINGTON — IAPMO, The High-Performance Buildings Coalition, and 61 of the nation’s leading manufacturers, associations, and professional organizations in the building industry delivered a letter Monday to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt urging continued federal funding for the highly successful WaterSenseSM program.

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The Alternative Daily: “What’s Lurking In Your Bagged Tea?”

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If you love your tea then you’re not alone. Americans drink 3.8 billion gallons of tea a year — that’s a lot of tea bags! But wait — do you really know what’s lurking inside your bagged tea? Sure, tea bags are more convenient. However, is the convenience worth risking your health? If you enjoy a good cup of brew, you need to know what else may be steeping in your cup.

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The Signal, “Clean air, contaminated soil at old Keysor site”

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The latest test results of the air wafting over the site at the former Keysor Century Corporation reveal good news and bad news. The good news is that the air at the site is clean and of no risk at all. The bad news is more than half a dozen nasty, cancer-causing chemicals including Tetrachloroethene – a chemical commonly used in dry cleaning – remain in the soil at the site and contribute to detectable amounts of volatile organic compounds trapped in the soil.

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Inside Sources, “Are Plastic Pipes for Drinking Water a Better Alternative?”

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — After the Flint, Mich. lead water crisis, cities and towns across the country are looking to replace their drinking water pipes. Many communities are looking at plastic pipes as a safe, easy, cost-effective solution. Yet, the alternatives might not be as safe as people think. Two experts detailed the possible health risks plastic pipes pose at a public meeting in Cambridge, Mass. on Tuesday.

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U.S. News & World Report, “Blasts from Transformer Fire Rock Toronto Financial District”

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TORONTO (Reuters) – Explosions from a transformer fire rocked Toronto’s financial district for hours on Monday afternoon, prompting police to close off a section of the downtown area as heavy smoke billowed up from subway grates.

The blast shut down several blocks along King and Bay streets during evening rush hour but a Toronto police spokeswoman said there were no injuries reported, and police and fire trucks were on the scene.

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