Looking for info on Health, Pulp Mills and Air Pollution? Represented on this page so far, we have several news or study aggregators, a few EPA links, some interlaced notes, and a factoid or two from ToxicTrends.
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/…CachedAirpollution increases heartattacks, according to research presented at the Acute Cardiac Care Congress 2013 by Dr Savina Nodari from Brescia, Italy.
www.psr.org/assets/pdfs/air–pollution-effects…How AirPollution Contributes to Heart Disease Diseases of the heart or blood vessels, or cardiovascular disease, and in particular coronary heart disease (harm to
circ.ahajournals.org/content/128/21/e411 CachedTwo decades of research have shown that air pollution can trigger heart attacks, strokes, and irregular heart rhythms, particularly in people already at risk for …
publications.html CachedThese citations are published CDC-authored articles related to asthma and indoor/outdoor air pollution. Names in bold indicate CDC Air Pollution and Respiratory …
Air pollution has been showed to be associated with increased frequency and severity of Migraines and headaches.
linked-to-pollution CachedIndividuals suffering from headache might have a reason to start living green. A recent study from Chile reveals that increased levels of pollution in the air may …
article_id=35122 CachedAir Pollution and Emergency Department Visits for Headache and Migraine – Health Scope – – Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
childrens-asthma… CachedMay 19, 2014 · Children’s Asthma & Air Pollution in 2nd Trimester. Preliminary research finds timing of exposure an important element
Selections from environmentalhealthnews.org , clicking on their “archive” tab and searching for: ” health pulp mill air ”
The stumbling, two-decade-old war on hazardous air pollutants has stalled on bureaucratic dawdling, industry resistance, legal maneuvering, limited resources and politics. Untainted air for all Americans — promised on Nov. 15, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush — has proved elusive. Center for Public Integrity. 16 November 2011
Pulp mill emissions, mobile sources and wood burning are the major contributors to the smallest fine particulates measured downtown, a study of monitoring data commissioned by the Prince George Air Quality Implementation Committee has found. Prince George Citizen, British Columbia. 5 April 2008
Same, but searching for ” health air pollution ”
A pregnant woman’s exposure to air pollution has adverse effects on her fetus, according to a new international study, with prolonged exposure associated with nearly 1 in 5 premature births globally. Washington Post. 24 February 2017
Tens of thousands of children at more than 800 schools, nurseries and colleges in London are being exposed to illegal levels of air pollution that risk causing lifelong health problems, the Guardian can disclose. The Guardian. 24 February 2017
[Ed.: Port Townsend Paper is less than a mill away from several schools, elder care & living facilities, medical clinics and the county hospital. Teachers report having to air out their classrooms before kids enter in the mornings; hospital workers report having to close air intake vents to protect fragile patients when the mill is spewing.]
Modern life is ruining mankind’s sense of smell and making people crave salty and fattening food, a leading scientist has said. The Telegraph, United Kingdom. 22 February 2017 [Ed.: chronic exposure to sulfur compounds, nitrogen oxides and mercaptans such as emitted in large quantities by Port Townsend Paper can damage the sense of smell]
It can cause eye irritation, breathing difficulties and heart disease. Here are ways to limit the damage. The Guardian. 20 February 2017
Premature births across 183 countries may be associated with fine particulate matter, a common air pollutant, with Africa and Asia especially affected. The Guardian. 16 February 2017
A new study of overweight Latino children in Los Angeles finds exposure to air pollution may increase their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Los Angeles KPCC Radio, California. 10 February 2017
Breathing polluted air nearly doubles the risk of dementia in older women, according to a new study published in Translational Psychiatry. Los Angeles KPCC Radio, California. 2 February 2017
Air pollution may cause about 21 percent of cases of dementia worldwide, including Alzheimer’s disease, if a study of older women can be extended to the general population. San Diego Union-Tribune, California. 1 February 2017
With environmental regulations expected to come under heavy fire from the Trump administration, new research offers powerful evidence of a link between air pollution and dementia risk. Los Angeles Times. 1 February 2017
The microscopic particles sifting from freeways and power plants don’t just harm your heart and lungs. They may also attack your brain. Science. 26 January 2017
More Online Treasure Troves of Relevant Papers and Studies:
Although too much to look into right now, a new journal on Air Quality and Health
NIEHS. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Reports linking environmental exposures to:
Asthma, autism, autoimmune diseases, Lupus, breast cancer, cancer, lung disease, obesity, parkinson’s, reproductive health.
A trove of research papers and articles, neatly categorized.
For papers on Health – peer-reviewed studies are at the top, and scroll down about halfway for Studies, Reports and Letters (not peer reviewed).
Energy Justice’s library focuses on biomass incineration, which applies to Port Townsend Paper since a large percentage of their fuel is woody fuels.
Clean Air Task Force.
Even though I don’t agree with more than some of their solutions (e.g., nuclear), the following two articles relate. Some 20% of PT Paper’s fuel is RFO/reprocessed fuel oil.
Published: June 2016
Published: October 2009
Quote from EPA’s own mouth:
https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution – EPA’s Site on particulate matter states: “Most PM particules form in the atmosphere as a result of chemical reactions between pollutants. Particulate matter (PM), also known as particle pollution, is a complex mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets that get into the air. Once inhaled, these particles can affect the heart and lungs and cause serious health effects.”
It continues at
“Health and Environmental Effects of Particulate Matter (PM)
The size of particles is directly linked to their potential for causing health problems. Small particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter pose the greatest problems, because they can get deep into your lungs, and some may even get into your bloodstream.
Exposure to such particles can affect both your lungs and your heart. Numerous scientific studies have linked particle pollution exposure to a variety of problems, including:
- premature death in people with heart or lung disease
- nonfatal heart attacks
- irregular heartbeat
- aggravated asthma
- decreased lung function
- increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.
People with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults are the most likely to be affected by particle pollution exposure.”
Most particulate monitoring in place today does not measure ultrafines or “nano particles” (under 1.0µ or PM1.0). These are the most harmful as they can pass the blood-brain barrier and can pass directly into the lungs.
Articles and studies about ultrafine particles and health likely can be found at energyjustice.net
From http://toxictrends.org/ re Port Townsend Paper Corporation (zip code 98368)
Paper (except Newsprint) Mills
There are 4 facilities of this type in Washington and 110 in the country. It emits more pounds of chemicals than 50 percent of facilities of this type in Washington and 64 percent in the country. The facility has a higher RSEI risk screening score than 25 percent of facilities of this type in Washington and 71 percent in the country.
There are 5 facilities of this type in Washington and 60 in the country. It emits more pounds of chemicals than 40 percent of facilities of this type in Washington and 31 percent in the country. The facility has a higher RSEI risk screening score than 40 percent of facilities of this type in Washington and 56 percent in the country.
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