The Connection Between Hurricanes and Indoor Air Quality

When we think of the damage that hurricanes can inflict upon our communities, our minds don’t immediately go to indoor air quality.

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Public concern over the effects of chemical releases into the environment through human activity has grown steadily since the inception of the U.S. EPA on December 2, 1970.

What happens when a chemical is released into the environment? It diffuses, disperses, adsorbs, reacts, and/or changes state. The existence of contaminated sites may result in the release of chemicals into air (via volatilization and fugitive dust emissions), surface water (from surface runoff/overland flow and groundwater seepage), groundwater (through infiltration/leaching), soils (due to erosion - including fugitive dust generation/deposition and tracking), sediments (from surface runoff/overland flow), and biota (due to biological uptake and bioaccumulation). To read more, click here

Post Date: 5/23/2018

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