The L&R Group

Environmental Ghost Particles Haunting Your Home?

Harmful particles are no secret, but you may be unaware of what particles are floating around in your home.

Have no fear! There are some steps you can take to improve your indoor air.

  1. Keep your HVAC system cleaned and maintained. This is a huge part of improving your indoor air quality, and decreasing your monthly costs.
  2. Indoor plants are known to help improve the air in your home according to a NASA study done in 1989. A few plants listed are:
    1. Peace Lily
    2. Dwarf Date Palm
    3. Spider Plant
    4. Boston Fern
  3. Installing air purifiers or cleaners, but you have to change the filters and maintain those as well to keep them working effectively.
  4. If you are still paranoid about possible indoor air pollutants, invest in indoor air quality testing. The testing will let you know of any harmful particles that are in your home.

For more information check out our indoor air quality services!

Is Asbestos Still Legal in the United States?

The United States has known that asbestos is related to diseases, cancers, and other health concerns for over 100 years. Yet today, it’s still legal.

Asbestos can be found in thousands of products and materials like attic insulation, floor tiles, heating ducts, brake pads, vinyl wallpaper, and many others. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, which is a substance capable of causing cancer. In 1955 Dr. Richard Doll published a study that linked asbestos to lung cancer. Then, in 1976 the International Agency for Reach on Cancer confirmed that all forms of asbestos cause cancer.

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So why hasn’t asbestos been banned? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) tried in 1989 with the Asbestos Ban and Phase-Out Rule, but when manufacturers of asbestos challenged the EPA in court it ended with overturning the ban. Though regulated, it’s still legal to import raw asbestos into the United States. In 2015 the US International Trade Commission reported 343 metric tons of asbestos were imported into the US. In 2016 that number was nearly doubled. Asbestos-related deaths in America are estimated to be 15,000 every year, yet, this number doesn’t stop the importation of the hazardous mineral.

You can help by educating and sharing the information about asbestos still being legal. Most Americans think asbestos is a thing of the past, but it's still happening. It’s still being imported.