It has finally cooled off in SoCal and we are hoping that mentioning it doesn’t jinx us!

Envrionmental issues were all over the news this week. Here are some stories that didn’t make a whole blog post, but are definitely interesting enough to read:

Bed Bugs:

Colleges all over the country are having various levels of success controlling bed bug infestations on campus. William Patterson University thinks they’ve got it licked, but since they used pesticides, they may have to give it another try later. At the University of Maryland, students are still complaining of bed bug bites after the exterminator’s visit. I have a feeling they didn’t use heat, either.

At Colorado State University, the Entomology Department is celebrating bed bugs and other insects at their Centi-Bration of Entomology this weekend with activities including “Pin the Stinger on the Wasp, the Bed Bug Bean Bag Toss, Mexican jumping bean races and the club’s ever-popular cockroach races.”


Mesothelioma Research moved forward this week with the announcement of a new blood protein test to detect malignant mesothelioma, the cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Since mesothelioma takes 10-30 years to become symptomatic after exposure, a blood test would be a great improvement in early detection and possible treatment. Once mesothelioma is diagnosed, it is difficult to treat and basically incurable.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, a property owner, a work site foreman and a demolition contractor are all going to prison for violating the Clean Air Act during a demolition project which released asbestos-laden dust across the street from residential housing and near a day care center. The men were found guilty of lying “to authorities to cover up their actions” and hiring “but they also hired homeless and untrained workers to perform illegal asbestos removal.” Asbestos removal can only be performed by trained, certified and licensed professionals.

Lead Poisoning:

A lead poisoning case against a landlord is going all the way to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Plaintiffs claim that their experts were not allowed to fully testify. Defendants claim that there is insufficient proof that the child’s health problems are from lead poisoning in the rental house.

Watch for another update on the state of the LRRP Rules on Monday’s blog! And have a wonderful–and cool!–second weekend of Fall!

Wendy Stackhouse has been the Online Community Manager and Blogger for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions since September 28, 2011. We welcome your comments and questions! For more news and tips or talk to our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!