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Air Quality Alert in Effect for Vanderburgh Co.

Air Quality Alert in Effect for Vanderburgh Co.

Bill Stephens

September 23rd, 2016

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…AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT FRIDAY…

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IN EVANSVILLE INDIANA AND THE
VANDERBURGH COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS CALLED FOR AN OZONE ALERT
FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. AN OZONE ALERT MEANS THAT A COMBINATION
OF HIGH TEMPERATURES…LIGHT WINDS AND OTHER FACTORS ARE EXPECTED
TO PRODUCE CONDITIONS WHERE HIGH LEVELS OF OZONE EMISSIONS MAY
EXCEED FEDERALLY MANDATED STANDARDS. THE ALERT IS IN EFFECT UNTIL
8 PM CDT FRIDAY.

A CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR HAS BEEN ISSUED. MEMBERS OF
SENSITIVE GROUPS MAY EXPERIENCE HEALTH EFFECTS. THE GENERAL PUBLIC
IS NOT LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED. OZONE CONCENTRATIONS MAY REACH OR
EXCEED THE LEVEL OF THE NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS.
WITHIN A FEW HOURS OR DAYS…EXPOSURE TO HIGHER LEVELS OF OZONE
CAN CAUSE LUNG AND THROAT IRRITATION… SHORTNESS OF
BREATH…INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OF ASTHMA ATTACKS…AND AGGRAVATE
RESPIRATORY DISEASES SUCH AS…ASTHMA…EMPHYSEMA…AND
BRONCHITIS. CHILDREN…ACTIVE ADULTS…AND PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY
DISEASES SHOULD LIMIT PROLONGED OUTDOOR EXERTION…ESPECIALLY
DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING WHEN LEVELS ARE THE HIGHEST. NO
OPEN BURNING IS ALLOWED DURING AIR QUALITY ALERTS. HERE ARE SOME
RECOMMENDED TIPS TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF EMISSIONS. DELAY ANY
DRIVING THAT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY…SINCE AUTO EMISSIONS
CAN CONTRIBUTE TO OZONE AND PARTICULATE FORMATION. CONSIDER PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION IF AVAILABLE. IF YOU HAVE A RESPIRATORY ILLNESS…
REMAIN INDOORS WITH AIR CONDITIONING IF POSSIBLE.

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