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Recycling Land for Healthier Communities

By | June 15th, 2016|Preparedness|

On June 2, our Office of Environmental Health sponsored a Land Recycling and New Tools for Creating Healthier Communities and Economic Growth workshop at the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix. The primary focus of the workshop was on how to improve community health through the reuse or redevelopment of property to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants, increase access to healthy [...]

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Addressing environmental health concerns in the community

By | September 30th, 2015|General|

Every year our Environmental Toxicology program responds to environmental health concerns and provides communities with epidemiologic and toxicological health assessments. Recently a community member from the town of Superior brought up concerns that contamination from past mining activities could be affecting the health of residents. Superior is a small mining town with a population of [...]

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Why is Ozone Bad?

By | June 18th, 2014|Prevention|

The regular Oxygen that we breathe is 2 oxygen atoms hooked together to make an oxygen molecule O2.  Ozone is an oxygen molecule that has 3 oxygen atoms (O3).  That third oxygen atom makes it reactive- especially with mucous membranes and lung tissue- which leads to health problems when people or animals are exposed to too much [...]

Wildfire Season Kicks Off

By | May 23rd, 2014|Licensing, Preparedness|

The first big fire of the season started this week in Oak Creek Canyon- called the Slide fire.  Smoke is usually the first public health impact from wildland fires.  The air quality in Flagstaff and Sedona has been generally OK- but poor at times depending on the winds (smoke levels in Sedona have been high [...]