Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

The purposes of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment ("ESA") are:  To identify existing or potential Recognized Environmental Conditions (as defined by ASTM Standard E-1527-05) affecting the Property that: 1) constitute or result in a material violation or a potential material violation of any applicable environmental law; 2) impose any material constraints on the operation of the Property or require a material change in the use thereof; 3) require clean-up, remedial action or other respo...
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Insider News – The Air We Breath door Air Quailty

Introduction Disclaimer Information provided in this booklet is based on scientific and technical understanding of the issues presented and is reflective of the jurisdictional boundaries established by the statutes governing the co-authoring agencies. Following the advice given will not necessarily provide complete protection in all situations or against all health hazards that may be caused by indoor air pollution. Indoor Air Quality Concerns All of us face a variety of risks to o...
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A GENIUS’ GUIDE TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN THE HOME

CPSC Home Household Safety Publications Web Exclusives Document Number Publication Description 523 Non Reversing Garage Door Openers A Hazard (HTML) (PDF) Safety Alert. 5006 Infants and Toddlers Can Drown in 5-Gallon Buckets (HTML) (PDF) Safety Alert. 5015 Aluminum Cookware Can Melt and Cause Severe Burns (HTML) Safety Alert. 5022 Overheated Clothes Dryers Can Cause Fires (HTML) Safety Alert. 5028 Prevent Injuries to Children from Exercise Bikes (HTML...
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ASBESTOS

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Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring, fibrous silicate minerals mined for their useful properties such as thermal insulation, chemical and thermal stability, and high tensile strength. Asbestos is commonly used as an acoustic insulator, thermal insulation, fire proofing and in other building materials. Many products are in use today that contain asbestos. This paper is intended to provide general information.  It should not be considered an official, technical documen...
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MOLD, What’s the Real Scoop? – Hype or Real Risk?

Contents Introduction to Molds Basic Mold Cleanup Ten Things You Should Know About Mold Asthma and Mold Floods/Flooding Health and Mold Homes and Mold Indoor Air Regulations and Mold Large Buildings and Mold Schools and Mold and Indoor Air Quality How to Order Publications IAQINFO Hotline DISCLAIMER: The documents on this server contain hypertext pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Please be aware that we do not c...
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Arsenic in Arizona Water

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In October 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its decision to lower the arsenic standard for public water systems from 0.05mg/L to 0.010 mg/L (50 parts per billion (ppb) to 10 ppb, respectively). The effective date of the revised rule and new standard is January 23, 2006. What is the purpose of this New Arsenic Standard? The purpose of the new standard is to protect public health by reducing the occurrence of carcinogenic (e.g., lung and bladder cancers) and non...
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Mold – A MustSee Problem

What are molds? Molds are tiny microscopic organisms that digest organic matter and reproduce by releasing spores. Molds are a type of fungi and there are over 100,000 species. In nature, mold helps decompose or break-down leaves, wood and other plant debris. Molds become a problem when they go where they are not wanted and digest materials such as our homes. What makes molds grow in my home? Mold enters your home as tiny spores. The spores need moisture to begin growing, digesting and ...
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A Few Words About WINTER….BRRRRR

Seen on a Maine license plate - BRRRRR. When it comes to winter, that says it all! But what of our houses in winter? Here are a few thoughts.   CONDENSATION is the result of a combination of high moisture levels in the air and low temperatures. Warmer air can hold more moisture - cold surfaces cause condensation to occur. Thus, condensation is more likely in the winter. Condensation on windows is common. On old windows with storm windows, condensation on the inside of the insid...
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Summer in Phoenix – It’s a Dry Heat

Why summers in Phoenix aren't so bad... This article is presented for general informational purposes only. If you have a question please consult with the appropriate professional before implementing any of the following suggestions. Air conditions can be quickly characterized by using a special graph called a psychometric chart. Properties on the chart include dry-bulb and wet-bulb temperatures, relative humidity, humidity ratio, specific volume, dew point temperature, and enthalpy (see Fi...
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Facts About LEAD

Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly. Research suggests that the primary sources of lead exposure for most children are: - deteriorating lead-based paint, - lead contaminated dust, and - lead contaminated residential soil. ...
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