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By John Rivera Sun reporter Kerry O'Rourke contributed to this article | October 20, 1991
Dundalk residents awoke yesterday morning to a fine mess: (( oily black soot covering their cars, yards and houses. They spent much of the day trying to wash it off.The mysterious soot probably came from a malfunctioning industrial boiler, state environmental officials said, but that had not determined the location of such a source."
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
Trees do more than just clear the air and provide shade from the hot summer sun. Though no panacea, they can make cities like Baltimore healthier, a recent study suggests. Using computer modeling to quantify the health benefits of trees in 10 cities, including Baltimore, researchers with the U.S. Forest Service and a private think tank say leafy foliage in urban areas can scrub enough soot out of the air to reduce asthma attacks, emergency room visits and even deaths. "It's the first time we've actually been able to tie it to human health, which is pretty exciting," said David J. Nowak, a federal research forester and lead author of the report.
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By Carl Sagan and Richard Turco | January 31, 1991
OIL IS not only a chief cause of the war, not only fuel for the machinery of war, but also now a weapon of war. A vast oil spill, the largest in human history, is spreading through the Persian Gulf, threatening the ecology and desalinization plants of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.Before the war is over, pollution of this sort may attain a still more unprecedented scale. But there is a military use of oil that is still more ominous: massive injection of soot into the atmosphere. In the fall of 1990 Iraq announced that, under some unspecified circumstances, it was prepared to set fire to all 363 productive oil wells in Kuwait.
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Tim Wheeler | April 25, 2012
Baltimore's air is healthier to breathe than it used to be, but the region still has some of the nation's worst smog and soot pollution, according to the American Lung Association. In its annual report on the state of the nation's air, the advocacy group says the greater Baltimore-Washington region had nearly 41 fewer days of high ozone levels during 2010, the most recent year for which verified federal air-quality data are available. But the region still had the 13th most bad smog days out of 277 metropolitan areas across the country.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 23, 2003
WASHINGTON - Dirty snow containing tiny amounts of soot might cause up to one-fourth of the global warming that scientists have attributed to greenhouse gases, NASA researchers reported yesterday. Even though snow might still appear pristine to the human eye, soot causes it to absorb more sunlight and reflect less heat back into space, said James Hansen and Larissa Nazarenko, climate specialists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. It also causes snow to melt faster, contributing to the most immediate danger from global warming, rising sea levels, Hansen and Nazarenko said in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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By Liz Bowie | November 9, 1991
Environmental officials said yesterday that a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. plant was responsible for the mix of oily soot that fell on Dundalk houses, cars and yards Oct. 19.Weather data, eyewitness reports and the location of the soot led Maryland Department of the Environment investigators to conclude the plant was responsible for blanketing a two-square-mile area from Lynch Cove Park in Dundalk across Back River to the Foxridge Manor neighborhood of...
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2003
The Environmental Protection Agency settled yesterday a lawsuit filed by health and environmental groups with an agreement to conduct updated reviews of scientific studies to see if tougher soot and ozone standards should be adopted. The settlement, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, obligates the EPA to review the soot studies by the end of the year and recommend new limits for soot emissions by December 2005. The agency also must review ozone studies by December next year and recommend new limits by December 2006.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | December 14, 2000
Breathing air laden with tiny particles of soot can kill you, according to a Johns Hopkins School of Public Health study. Researchers analyzing data from the 20 largest cities in America found a close correlation between days when there were high levels of "fine particulate matter" - soot - in the air and an increase in deaths. The study, which correlates the numbers of deaths in a single day with the quality of the air on that day, is the most comprehensive of its type, said Jonathan M. Samet, the lead author.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 26, 1997
WASHINGTON -- In one of the most important environmental decisions of the decade, President Clinton approved significantly tighter pollution limits on deadly soot and choking smog yesterday while offering states and cities substantial flexibility in deciding how to reach the new goals over the next 10 years and beyond.Ending a fierce behind-the-scenes battle, Clinton sided with the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Carol M. Browner, against the concerns of his economic advisers, who had balked in the face of industry complaints that the rules would cost far more than they were worth.
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September 16, 2006
Tip--Soot removal-- To remove soot from walls, use a vacuum cleaner with a wand attachment, taking care not to touch the soot. -- University of Florida
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,sun reporter | June 13, 2007
Environmentalists called yesterday for the federal government to stop work on a disputed six-lane toll road across Montgomery and Prince George's counties, contending that there is new evidence that children and other residents living along the route could be harmed by pollutants from the traffic. Two groups, Environmental Defense and the Sierra Club, said a study commissioned by one of them shows that construction of the 18-mile Inter-County Connector would violate tightened federal air-quality health standards on soot -- the fine particles emitted in vehicle exhaust and other forms of combustion.
NEWS
April 3, 2007
On March 31, 2007, KELLY RAE SOOTS, beloved daughter of Patricia and Marc Soots, devoted sister of Cory, Timothy and Chloe Anna Soots, beloved granddaughter of Stanley Sowinski and the late June Sowinski and Jueri and Evelyn Soots. Friends may call at family owned Henry W. Jenkins & Sons, 16924 York Road (Hereford-Monkton) on Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Funeral Service will be held at Rock City Church, 1607 Cromwell Bridge Road on Wednesday at 11 A.M. Interment following at New Freedom Cemetery.
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September 16, 2006
Tip--Soot removal-- To remove soot from walls, use a vacuum cleaner with a wand attachment, taking care not to touch the soot. -- University of Florida
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 2, 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged yesterday that soot blowing into North Carolina from 10 upwind states is fouling the Tar Heel State's air. But EPA officials said regulatory measures announced in March - which require sharp reductions of power plant emissions in Eastern and Midwestern states by 2015 - should clean up North Carolina's air. About a third of North Carolina's counties do not meet federal standards for...
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | October 21, 2004
Fighting traffic can triple the risk of heart attack in people who are already susceptible. But don't blame the stress that comes with stalled freeways and missed appointments. The likely culprit, scientists said yesterday, is the hefty dose of particulate air pollution - or soot - that people breathe when they spend time surrounded by exhaust pipes. The problem isn't limited to car-choked areas, according to German scientists who studied heart attacks in Augsburg, a city of 265,000 that they described as moderately congested.
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May 19, 2004
ENVIRONMENTALISTS would generally concede they are not keen on compromise. Is any pollution, despoliation or loss of nature's gifts acceptable? Greens don't like to split the difference between no damage and a lot, or even some. So it was all the more impressive that the Bush administration was able to strike a compromise between environmental groups and industry representatives on tough new emission standards for diesel-burning monster vehicles, such as tractors, bulldozers, locomotives and barges.
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December 16, 1990
Simmering pots of potpourri can spice up a stuffy house with all kinds of pleasant scents. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that the devices can flare up when the candle acummulates soot, wax or wick debris.The CPSC suggests you should clean the outside of the bowl before each use, never allow soot to accumulate above or around the candle flame, and keep the candle and wick clean of debris or wick droppings. Also, never let the bowl burn dry and never leave it unattended while burning.
NEWS
May 18, 2000
THE NATION should breathe easier now that the federal government has finally decided to crack down on air pollution from diesel trucks and buses. The dirty smoke belching from those large vehicles has been evident for years, even as the government continued to tighten tailpipe emissions from automobiles. New rules announced by the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday would slash heavy-duty diesel pollutants by more than 90 percent over 10 years, reducing smog and soot that raise the toll of cancer and asthma.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 23, 2003
WASHINGTON - Dirty snow containing tiny amounts of soot might cause up to one-fourth of the global warming that scientists have attributed to greenhouse gases, NASA researchers reported yesterday. Even though snow might still appear pristine to the human eye, soot causes it to absorb more sunlight and reflect less heat back into space, said James Hansen and Larissa Nazarenko, climate specialists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. It also causes snow to melt faster, contributing to the most immediate danger from global warming, rising sea levels, Hansen and Nazarenko said in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
NEWS
By John A. Groopman and Michael A. Trush | May 29, 2003
WITH SUMMER'S approach, air quality is back in the news. The American Lung Association's State of the Air report card released May 1 reveals that Marylanders continue to breathe some of the most polluted air in the nation. Extensive scientific studies indicate that there are significant public health effects associated with air pollutants. Particulate matter and ozone are linked to a variety of respiratory and cardiovascular problems. According to a Natural Resources Defense Council study, particulate matter alone causes nearly 1,000 premature deaths annually in Maryland.
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