Sixty years ago, bed bugs were eradicated from the U.S. When DDT was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1972, bed bugs rebounded due to increased international travel, insecticide resistance and a lack of public awareness.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — When Randy Bernstein went up the elevator at Maricopa Medical Center soon after joining the Phoenix, Arizona hospital, he was surprised to find himself standing next to a heaping mound of soiled linen bags.
It has long been thought that environmental cleanliness was the key to curbing the spread of cross-contamination. That’s not to minimize the meticulous hand washing by healthcare workers.
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Laundry to Reduce Air Emmissions and Fund Cleaner Burning Wood Stove Purchases
BOSTON, Mass. — Alltex Uniform Rental Service, an industrial laundry in Manchester, N.H. has agreed to settle claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Air Act by paying a civil penalty of $65,000. They will also be undertaking a Supplemental Environmental Project with a value of at least $220,000 to replace old, polluting wood stoves in southern New Hampshire with new, cleaner models. Additionally, the company will install equipment at its facility to remove approximately 20 tons per year of emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”). G&K Services is the parent company of Alltex Uniform Rental Service Inc. The EPA action grew out of an EPA inspection of the facility in July 2008.