Partner in Kaiser Health News on Air Cleaners and COVID Claims
BCLP Partner Brandon Neuschafer was quoted July 12 by KHN (Kaiser Health News), republished by Fortune, regarding the lack of government oversight of air cleaners marketed as able to clean COVID-19 from the air. Electronic air cleaners, which were heavily marketed to hospitals, companies and schools able to pay with federal COVID relief funds, use high-voltage charges to alter molecules in the air. But air quality experts say the technology can be ineffective or potentially harmful, and companies that make the devices are subject to virtually no standardized testing or evaluation of their marketing claims. The EPA can prosecute pesticide device companies and sellers under existing laws if a product makes misleading or false claims – and fines can reach into the millions, Neuschafer said, although he noted that the agency is working with smaller staffing and budgets than it had years ago.
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