Journal of Environmental Health

This journal covers new research, news, useful products and services for the environmental health professional. It covers topics, such as air quality, food safety and protection, hazardous material/toxic substances management, terrorism and all-hazards preparedness, wastewater management and water pollution control/water quality.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 3, October

2012 Environmental Health Legislation
Overview 2012 marked the fourth year since the great recession began and the third since it ended, according to government statistics. For state legislatures, however, 2012 marked the first year the states had to balance budgets without federal...
2012 Walter F. Snyder Award Recipient: Harry E. Grenawitzke, RS, MPH, DAAS
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NSF International and NEHA presented the prestigious Walter F. Snyder Award to Harry E. Grenawitzke, RS, MPH, DAAS, at the 2012 AEC in San Diego. This award, given in honor of NSF International's cofounder and first executive...
AEC.Customize Your Learning Experience
Blue skies, pristine beaches, and a gentle Mediterranean climate describe the backdrop for the 76th NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition in San Diego, California! The 2012 AEC took place June 28-30. It was confirmed that attendees...
Altitude and Environmental Climate Effects on Bronchiolitis Severity among Children Presenting to the Emergency Department
Introduction Bronchiolitis is the leading cause of hospitalization for infants (Zorc & Hall, 2010). Bronchiolitis is an acute lower respiratory tract infection in young children most commonly caused by seasonal viruses, such as respiratory syncytial...
Evaluation of Fecal Coliform Samples from Oakland Bay, Washington, Using a New Sanitation Model
Introduction Aquaculture in the western U.S. is a viable industry with large-scale production in both finfish and shellfish. The term "shellfish" in this context is limited to oysters, clams, and mussels. The shellfish industry is tightly regulated...
Exhibitors
AbTech Industries, Inc. www.abtechindustries.com Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. www.ads-pipe.com American Academy of Sanitarians www.sanitarians.org American Public University www.studyatapu.com/NEHA Anua www.anua-us.com Association...
From Conversation to Action: Implementation of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures
As our society has advanced, chemicals have become increasingly present in our air, water, food and homes; thus, a key responsibility of environmental health professionals is to protect the public from these chemical exposures. In 2009, the Centers...
Greening of the AEC
2nd Annual Volunteer Community Event [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For a second year, NEHA organized a community volunteer event at the 2012 AEC to support NEHA's sustainable efforts, reduce its carbon footprint, and give back to the AEC host city....
JEH Quiz
FEATURED ARTICLE QUIZ #2 Altitude and Environmental Climate Effects of Bronchiolitis Severity Among Children Presenting to the Emergency Department Available to those holding an individual NENA membership only, the JEH Quiz, offered Six times...
Motivation and Inspiration
Keynote NEHA's selection of the keynote speaker is always intentional. This year, NEHA sought out an individual to explore what the future world of work--and a profession like environmental health--would look like. NEHA was pleased to have Thomas...
Networking and the Power of Being Connected
Recently my city manager asked that I provide a "two pager" for city council consideration on the feasibility of regulating odor emanating from commercial and residential compost. Nuisance law, which is inherently subjective, would not be an option...
Policy Involvement
Board of Directors Meeting Highlights NEHA's board of directors meets four times a year. One meeting is always held at the AEC. Highlights from this year's board meeting include the following. 1. Executive Director Nelson Fabian explained the...
Silent Auction
This year's Silent Auction was another success! Sixty-one items made their way to the tables from our very generous NEHA members, affiliates, exhibitors, and sponsors. The $2,880 that was raised from this event will go to NEHA's 2013 AEC speaker fund....
Special Listing
The board of directors includes NEHA nationally elected officers and regional vice presidents. Affiliate presidents (or appointed representatives) comprise the Affiliate Presidents Council. Technical advisors, the executive director, and all past presidents...
Special NEHA Members
Sustaining Members Albuquerque Environmental Health Department lstoller@cabq.gov Allegheny County Health Department Steve Steingart www.county.allegheny.pa.us American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) Gary P. Noonan www.sanitarians.org...
State of the Association
Nelson Fabian At the NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition each year, we report on the state of your association. Because it is only right that all members know how their association is doing, I will present here a condensed...
Tattooing Regulations in U.S. States, 2011
Introduction Humans have been decorating their bodies to express religious beliefs, cultural values, and personal aesthetics for thousands of years. Although initially less common in Europe and the U.S., the past 200 years have seen major shifts...
The Food-Water Nexus: Irrigation Water Quality, Risks to Food Safety, and the Need for a Systems-Based Preventive Approach
This year's World Water Day focused on the food-water nexus with the theme "Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry." While much of the emphasis under this theme focused on the quantities of water used for food production,...
The Presence of Asbestos-Contaminated Vermiculite Attic Insulation or Other Asbestos-Containing Materials in Homes and the Potential for Living Space Contamination
Introduction For 70 years Vermiculite Mountain (also called Zonolite Mountain), located seven miles northeast of Libby, Montana, supplied over 70% of the world's vermiculite (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [U.S. EPA], 2011a). Vermiculite was...
Training and Education
The educational lineup at this year's AEC was outstanding in terms of both quantity and quality. Quantity-wise, 137 educational sessions covering 18 different areas of environmental health, three credential courses and exams, four preconference workshops,...
Virtual AEC
NEHA was pleased to again offer the Virtual AEC to attendees and to those who were not able to make it to the AEC in San Diego. With current budget cuts and demanding workloads NEHA understands that it is difficult for some environmental health professionals...
Workerless Businesses-An Explosive New Trend: Dancing with the Inner Entrepreneur
When Chris Anderson released The Long Tail in 2004, the world was suddenly awakened to the potential for niche markets that appeal to an increasingly diverse consumer marketplace. In business terms, it gave rise to the notion of online businesses...