No Clean Air Board meeting on July 1

The Clean Air Board will not hold a meeting on July 1, 2010.  The next meeting is on August 5, 2010, at the usual 7 pm time.

June 3rd, 2010: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart: How Central PA’s Air Pollution is Affecting Your Cardiovascular Health”

Date/Time: Thursday, June 3rd, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Presentation: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart: How Central PA’s Air Pollution is Affecting Your Cardiovascular Health”

Speaker: Duanping Liao, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology and Vice Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine

Location: Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA    Map

More about Dr. Liao

Study: Pollution is bad for your heart: Sentinel News

May 28, 2010: Sentinel News

Study: Pollution is bad for your heart

by Greg Gross

Excerpt:

Members of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania weren’t surprised by a recent study conducted in the area by Penn State researchers.

Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that exposure to high levels of PM2.5 increases stress on the heart’s regulation capacity well after the pollutants had been inhaled.

“It’s certainly a concern,” Duane Fickeisen, treasurer of the CAB.

But, he added, the findings were what he expected.

Stress on the heart from exposure to high levels of PM2.5 may contribute to cardiovascular disease, said Duanping Liao, professor of public health sciences at Penn State, in a news release from the school.

In June, Liao will present his findings during a CAB meeting, said Thomas Au, president of the Carlisle-based group.

Liao’s team of researchers studied 106 people from central Pennsylvania, mostly in the Harrisburg metropolitan area. Nonsmokers over the age of 45 without severe cardiac problems wore air-quality and heart-rate monitors for 24 hours. The devices recorded data in one-minute intervals, the news release says.

Reporter’s Notebook: Mass transit forum on May 3, 2010: Sentinel News

May 3, 2010: Sentinel News

Reporter’s Notebook: Mass transit forum

By Jason Scott

Excerpt:

A public forum on mass transit issues and the future of mass transit in Cumberland County and throughout the region will be held tonight at the Hampden Township Emergency Services Building North, 1200 Good Hope Road.

Hosted by the county commissioners, the forum will be held 6:30-9 p.m.

The commissioners have invited federal, state and local officials, including representatives from the Harrisburg Area Transportation Study, Capital Area Transit, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and Norfolk Southern.

The impact of regional growth and development trends on transit service, as well as how transit projects are planned, prioritized and funded are some of the topics to be addressed.

An opportunity will be given for public input and questions of the panel members.

Clean Air Board Hosts Table at LeTort Environmental Fair

Volunteers at the The Third Annual LeTort Festival plant seedlings to protect the banks of the LeTort Spring Run. Daniel Zampogna, The Sentinel

At the LeTort Environmental Fair, the Clean Air Board gave away prizes to participants who could correctly answer questions on air quality.  Airestotle – CAB’s portable air quality monitor – was on display.  Dozens of people stopped by to learn about air quality and participate in the quiz.

The Sentinel: Celebrating the LeTort Spring Run

By Jason Scott, Sentinel Reporter, May 8, 2010

A tributary of the Conodoguinet Creek, well-known for its fly fishing, the LeTort was the reason why Carlisle was chosen as the county seat for Cumberland County.

For the third consecutive year, the borough on Saturday celebrated the history, as well as the future, of its prized natural resource by holding its annual LeTort Festival at Carlisle’s LeTort Park.

CAB Community Meeting, March 4, 7:00pm: Making the States Full Partners in the National Climate Change Effort”

CAB Community Meeting, March 4, 7:00 pm, Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle

“Making the States Full Partners in the National Climate Change Effort” presented by Professor John Dernbach,  Widener University School of Law
Professor Dernbach is director of the Environmental Law Center at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg.  He  leads a project, Sustaining America , that reviews sustainable development efforts in the United States and makes recommendations for future action.  He also writes and lectures on climate change and environmental law. He is the editor of Stumbling Toward Sustainabilty (2002) and Agenda for a Sustainable America (2009)
Please note the change in time for the community meeting to 7 pm.

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