Monday, December 23, 2019

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day For Tuesday, Dec. 24 In Allegheny County

The Department of Environmental Protection has forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Tuesday, December 24 in the Liberty-Clairton area of Allegheny County.
A strong morning inversion is expected to produce very stagnant air during the day Tuesday, and very light winds in the afternoon will act to keep daily averages for fine particulate matter in the Code Orange range. Conditions may improve on Christmas Day due to expected lower emissions. 
On air quality action 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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standardized air quality index uses colors to report daily air quality. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.
To help keep the air healthy, residents and business are encouraged to voluntarily restrict certain pollution-producing activities by:
-- Refueling cars and trucks after dusk;
-- Carpooling or using public transportation; and 
-- Combining errands to reduce trips. 
Visit DEP’s Air Quality Partnerships webpage for more information on air quality across Pennsylvania.

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