Air Quality

CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Florence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Wednesday, September 12 to coordinate 24/7 all CDC activities for public health needs before, during, and after Hurricane Florence, including the…

New NIH Study on the Effect of Genetics and Pollution on Asthma Symptoms

According to a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), asthma patients with a specific genetic profile are more susceptible to intense asthma symptoms from exposure to traffic pollution. Patients without that genetic profile…

Annual Air Quality Report from EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual report on air quality, tracking the country’s progress in improving air quality since the passage of the Clean Air Act. The report, “Our Nation’s Air: Status…

Taking Action to Address the Public Health Impact of Wildfire Smoke

By Alan Vette, Acting Director, Air and Energy National Research Program (ORD), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Erika Sasser, Director, Health and Environmental Impacts Division (OAQPS), EPA During Air Quality Awareness Week (April…

Assessment of Community Awareness and Practices Concerning Indoor Air Pollutants — Madison County, Alabama, June 2017

This article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) that the Alabama Department of Public Health conducted focusing…

CDC’s National Report on Exposure to Environmental Chemicals: Updated Tables March 2018

CDC’s Division of Laboratory Sciences released new data to the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, an ongoing biomonitoring assessment of the U.S. population’s exposure to environmental chemicals. The Updated Tables, March,…