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TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT — the long-needed overhaul

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

Like all things out of Washington, it’s what happens now that matters. After years of talk about the need to overhaul the TSCA, it’s looking like something might actually happen. While many of us moan about ever-increasing regulations and government interference (with good reason), the TSCA is one of those examples where some regulating and “interference” is badly needed.

Agreement has finally been reached on how to overhaul the 40-year-old law that governs US chemicals policy after several false starts. Key Democrats and Republicans arrived at a compromise measure that was unveiled yesterday. The proposal is expected to pass both chambers of Congress imminently, and head to President Obama’s desk for signing before the end of the month.

This legislation to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which originally passed the House by near unanimous consent in June 2015 and cleared the Senate in December 2015, is the product of three years of intense negotiations between a key group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers.   Read more of the story here…

Why is this important, you ask? It’s pretty basic:

  • Americans assume that chemicals used to make products like toys and food containers sold in the U.S. are regulated and tested for safety — while some substances are (you know of BPA in plastics probably) — the vast majority are not
  • When passed into law, TSCA grand-fathered in more than 60,000 chemicals that were in existence prior to 1976; only 200 of the original 60,000 chemicals have been tested for safety; some uses of only 5 of these toxic substances have been restricted
  • Over 80,000 chemicals have been on the market and available for use since the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976. EPA has required very few of these to be tested for their impacts on human health and the environment.
  • TSCA allows chemical manufacturers to keep the ingredients in some chemicals secret — nearly 20 percent of the 80,000 chemicals are secret, according to EPA.
  • Read more about it…

So, yes, this is big news. HOW big will become clear down the road. We appreciate the chemical industry and the incredible world of chemistry — it has made modern life possible. But based on the knowledge we now have about the reality of harsh chemicals, it only makes sense to overhaul the act.

 

 

Water RICH Water POOR

Posted on: February 16th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

Water rich water poor … something to think about.

Everything we can do to stop wasting and polluting the water we have is not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do. Replacing cleaning chemicals with safe, non-impacting engineered water technologies is a great step in that direction.

And that’s just the beginning. Check out some of the ways being water rich or water poor impacts daily life.

 

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Source: http://www.seametrics.com/blog/water-poor-rich-infographic/

From Wikipedia: 

Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available water resources to meet water needs within a region. It affects every continent and around 2.8 billion people around the world at least one month out of every year. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water.

Water scarcity involves water stress, water shortage or deficits, and water crisis. While the concept of water stress is relatively new, it is the difficulty of obtaining sources of fresh water for use during a period of time and may result in further depletion and deterioration of available water resources. Water shortages may be caused by climate change, such as altered weather patterns including droughts or floods, increased pollution, and increased human demand and overuse of water. A water crisis is a situation where the available potable, unpolluted water within a region is less than that region’s demand. Water scarcity is being driven by two converging phenomena: growing freshwater use and depletion of usable freshwater resources.

Safe cleaning products – a custodian’s story.

Posted on: February 5th, 2016 by mark bauer No Comments

Safe cleaning products matter.

Here’s a great testimonial about the value and real importance of safer cleaning technologies from someone who knows — a professional custodian. Aqueous ozone technologies make a bigger difference than just how they clean.

Safe cleaning products start with on-site systems producing water-based cleaners like aqueous ozone.

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Celebrating #NoChemicals

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by mark bauer No Comments

Hi – my name is Graham. I’m a millennial, and this is my #NoChemicals story. I was raised in the typical American suburban home. Growing up, it was common for my parents to use chemical cleaning products to clean around the house – ok so in reality my mom cleaned up after my Dad using chemical cleaning products. I had never recognized just how dangerous this was until recently when I discovered eWater Advantage®.

It was common for my parents to use cleaning products that contained the chemical Triclosan. This is a common chemical found in most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps that come labeled as “antibacterial”. This is a chemical that I’ve learned causes environmental harm when it’s in dangerous levels in rivers and lakes.

#NoChemicals Cleaning ChemicalsIn multipurpose cleaners, particularly window cleaners, a chemical called 2-butoxyethanol is the key ingredient. The health risks associated with this chemical are abundant. This has been known to cause sore throats when inhaled, though at high levels it can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.

Perchlorethylene (AKA “Perc”) is found in spot removers, and some carpet and upholstery cleaners. Perc is a nasty little neurotoxin, and the EPA classifies perc as a “possible carcinogen” as well. Some people who live near high usage of Perc have reported dizziness, loss of coordination and other symptoms. The EPA is pushing hard to phase-out Perc in residential buildings by the year 2020, though California is going a step further to eliminate all use of Perc by 2023 because of the major health risks.

I was raised around these chemicals, in the form of cleaning products. The reason I grew up in an environment as dangerous as this is simply because we weren’t educated at that time to the dangers of these chemicals. The knowledge of the dangers of cleaning chemicals is just now coming to light for most of the general public. Now that I’m armed with this knowledge, it’s my goal to create a safer environment for my kids and the generations to come after them.

 

Now that we live in a time where we’re more educated about the dangers of cleaning chemicals, what will your #NoChemicals story be?

 

MRSA threats. The news is not good.

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by mark bauer No Comments

MRSA threats.

Hundreds of thousands of MRSA cases – MRSA threats – each year are not included in government incidence estimates, because the U.S. MRSA threatsCenters for Disease Control and Prevention can track only the sliver of cases that escalate to life-threatening infections. In 2011, the CDC reported 80,500 such cases, but that figure represents less than 20 percent of the hospitalizations that year in which billing data show a MRSA diagnosis. Countless more cases, typically less-serious skin infections, were treated outside hospitals.” — read the article here…

 

Nightmare bacteria? The end of Antibiotics?

Posted on: November 29th, 2013 by mark bauer

“Nightmare bacteria.” “The end of antibiotics.” You’ve seen these headlines – and they are legitimately alarming. The point is that the antibiotics we have relied on for decades are now increasingly unable to fight off invading threats in our bodies.  So, if we can’tewater kills nightmare bacteria kill the bugs within human hosts, that means the requirement for thorough infection prevention is getting even more urgent. Stopping the *spread* of those bacteria – what are known as nosocomial infections – is doubly critical. And with what? Stronger chemicals with longer contact times? We think we have a better way with engineered water solutions. Certain engineered technology can create disinfectants strong enough to kill these dangerous pathogens. The future belongs to engineered water – safety without relying on chemicals that create their own health hazards.  Read the “nightmare bacteria” interview with a CDC associate director…

Salmonella Strain Tied to Nursing Center Outbreak Likely Drug-Resistant

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by eWAteam

Drug-resistant organisms: A skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Blue Hill, Nebraska is ground zero for an outbreak of Salmonella Newport, a potentially drug-resistant strain of bacteria that in this case has caused 17 confirmed illnesses and 2 additional probable cases among residents, visitors and staff.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services expects to have results on the isolates regarding susceptibility of the Salmonella Newport serotype later this week, according to spokeswoman.

Four residents of the Blue Hill Care Center were hospitalized for a short time after showing symptoms, and one visitor remains in the hospital.

Blue Hill is located in Webster County about 175 miles south and west of Omaha.

The outbreak is being investigated by the state and local South Heartland District Health Department,

Read the story about drug-resistant consequences…

 

Misuse of chemicals cleaning hospital beds

Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by eWAteam

Misuse of chemicals: A significant notable trend, beyond the headline of this story, is this finding: only 6% of those using quat chemicals to disinfect the mattresses of patients bothered to RINSE the mattresses (meaning they chose not to follow directions for use of the product AFTER using the product in an unapproved way!) to ensure any residue from the potentially harmful chemical was completely removed.

Research performed by students and faculty at Xavier University in Cincinnati reveals that current practices for cleaning of hospital beds involve the use of chemicals not approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use on mattresses and that most hospitals do not follow recommendations for appropriate use of these chemicals. The research was presented June 4 at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Among the findings:
– 84 percent of hospitals use quaternary ammonia compounds to clean hospital beds. These chemicals have been tested on hard surfaces only, and do not have EPA approval for use of soft surfaces such as hospital mattresses.
– 23 percent of these hospitals cleaned the mattress surface prior to using the disinfectant, as is recommended by both the bed and chemical manufacturers.
– 6 percent of these hospitals rinsed off the chemical disinfectant after disinfection, as recommended by the bed manufacturers, possibly exposing patients to residual disinfectant.

Read the whole story here about the misuse of chemicals…

Cruise ship fumigated after illness outbreak

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by eWAteam

Illness outbreak: They make for instant headlines — passengers getting sick during a cruise after an outbreak! eWater Advantage™ systems can help an industry that is going to great lengths to solve a critical problem. Imagine the effort that must go into fumigating a huge ship!

Scores of passengers on board a luxury cruise liner have had their £2,000 holidays ruined by an illness outbreak.

Around 170 passengers on the Boudicca were hit by the suspected norovirus during its 13-night trip to the Canary Islands.

The virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, is highly contagious and those infected were quarantined during the doomed voyage.

 

The Boudicca has been ravaged by viruses before – with some passengers even calling it ‘cursed’

 

It was hit by three sickness outbreak in as many weeks in 2010 and forced to cut short its voyage and return to port on one of those occasions.

 

A spokeswoman for Fred Olsen said the latest bug was a viral infection which caused mild gastroenteritis symptoms.

 

The spokeswoman said: ‘During this cruise, the highest number of guests needing to be kept in isolation at any one time was 35, out of a total number of people on board of 1,176, comprising 828 guests and 348 crew.

 

‘The total number of cases reported during the 13-night cruise was 170.

Here’s the story…

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Hotels & Restaurants – ewater’s the answer to harsh chemicals

Posted on: May 14th, 2012 by eWAteam

ewater eliminates harsh chemicals that cause eye damageLet’s face it — we live in a time of frantic attention being paid to illness outbreaks and the use of hazardous, harsh chemicals. Hotels, cruise ships, restaurants, theme parks — on any given day search for news stories on such topics and you’ll find current examples. Not that paying attention to germs and viruses is bad — we all want to eat and sleep and play safely so we want our restaurants and hotels clean.  But our news media loves to relay the drama and the impact lands squarely on the shoulders of hotel and restaurant managers.

eWater Advantage™ provides electrolyzed water and aqueous ozone technologies than combat the causes of illness outbreak without the use of harsh chemicals.

Learn about ewater cleaning  solutions from eWater Advantage™…