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Air Quality Action Day Forecast Saturday for Four Pennsylvania Regions

2008-07-25 15:09:00

Air Quality Action Day Forecast Saturday for Four Pennsylvania Regions

    Residents, Businesses Encouraged to Reduce Air Pollution

    HARRISBURG, Pa., July 25 /EMWNews/ -- The Department of

Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have

forecast an air quality action day for Saturday, July 26, in the

Berks/Lehigh Valley, Liberty/Clairton, Susquehanna Valley and Philadelphia


    The air quality forecast predicts Saturday will be code ORANGE for

ozone in the Berks/Lehigh Valley, Susquehanna Valley and Philadelphia


    -- The Berks/Lehigh Valley region includes Berks, Lehigh and

Northampton counties;

    -- The Susquehanna Valley region includes Cumberland, Dauphin,

Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties;

    -- The Philadelphia region includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware,

Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

    The air quality forecast predicts Saturday will be code ORANGE for

particulate matter in the Liberty/Clairton region.

    -- The Liberty/Clairton region includes the boroughs of Clairton,

Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue in southeastern Allegheny County.

    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). Air quality

action days are declared at orange and red when fine particulate matter

reaches unhealthy levels.

    Ground-level ozone, a key component of smog, forms during warm weather

when pollution from vehicles, industry, households and power plants "bakes"

in the hot sun, making it hard for some people to breathe.

    On air quality action days, young children, the elderly and people with

respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are

especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit

outdoor activities.

    To help keep the air healthy, residents and businesses are encouraged

to voluntarily limit certain pollution-producing activities by taking the

following steps:

    -- Ride the bus or carpool to work;

    -- Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials;

    -- Wash dishes and clothes with full loads; and

    -- Save energy -- do not overcool your home.

    These forecasts are provided in conjunction with the Air Quality

Partnership of the Delaware Valley, the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality

Partnership, the Lehigh Valley/Berks Air Quality Partnership, and the

Susquehanna Valley Air Quality Partnership.

    For more information on ozone, visit, keyword:

Ozone. To view the air quality forecast, for more information on the Air

Quality Partnerships, or to sign up to receive free daily forecasts by

e-mail, visit


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