April 24th is International Noise Awareness Day

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:27
According to a map produced from a National Parks Service’s Natural Sounds project, the eastern half of the United States is louder than the west. This makes sense, when you consider how populated and congested the eastern states are compared to the west coast. Point in fact, New Yorkers cited noise as the leading complaint to the city’s life-quality hotline. Some of the quietest places, according to American, are the Mojave Desert (when the wind is not blowing) and the Olympic National Park in Washington state, “home to a secluded spot that a sound ecologist dubbed ‘one square inch

Renovation 101

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:14
Three environmental health hazards to consider when you "do it yourself" You have probably seen this familiar home improvement storyline on TV: Homeowners are excited about knocking down walls and transforming their property into the home of their dreams when (wait for it), they run into an environmental complication that requires expert remediation. Although many homeowners take on remodeling projects to save money, they can be costly and potentially dangerous. So before you grab the sledgehammer, learn about environmental issues in older homes and safe remediation practices.   Carbon monoxide is another possible environmental exposure in homes Carbon monoxide (CO)

Plain Language Past and Present, Part I: The Legacy of "Gobbledygook"

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 18:14
Ever been confused-or annoyed-by stuffy, stiff, hard-to-understand writing in a government document or statement? You're not alone. For this reason, the Plain Writing Act of 2010 was passed, ordering U.S. government agencies to write in plain English. To support the law, the government created a website,, featuring guidelines, resources, and before-and-after examples. There's also a history that details plain language progress through the years. The early efforts listed there get little attention today; however, many are very interesting. This blog post is the first in a series of three-Plain Language Past and Present-that will showcase early efforts, including Gobbledygook

ATSDR's Toxic Substances Portal

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:36
ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Web Portal makes it easy for researchers and individuals to find information about toxic chemicals, understand how these chemicals can affect health, and learn how to prevent exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) prepare the National Priority List (NPL). The NPL is a “list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories. The NPL is intended primarily to be a guide to determine which sites warrant further investigation.” The Comprehensive Environmental Response,
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