Sunday, August 9, 2020

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Warning For August 10 In Southwest, Southcentral, Southeast PA

The Department of Environmental Protection forecasts a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day warning for ozone for Monday, August 10 in Southwest, Southcentral and Southeast Pennsylvania--
-- Southwest: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland county;.
-- Southcentral: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York county and
-- Southeast: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia county.
Monday’s forecast of mostly sunny skies, light south to southwesterly winds, high temperatures reaching into the lower 90s, and limited chances for any afternoon thunderstorms, in conjunction with increased weekday emissions, will result in ozone concentrations reaching the Code Orange level during the afternoon.
An air quality action day, which is determined based on the forecasted air quality index, means air pollutants are at unhealthy levels for vulnerable populations. 
On these days, young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities.
Residents and businesses within the Air Quality Action Day area are strongly encouraged to voluntarily help reduce air pollution by: 
-- Conserving electricity by setting air conditioning to a higher temperature;
-- Combining errands to reduce vehicle trips;
-- Limiting engine idling; and
-- Refueling cars and trucks after dusk.
Visit DEP’s Air Quality Partnerships webpage for more information on air quality across Pennsylvania.
[Posted: August 9, 2020] PA Environment Digest

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