Entries by Clean Air Board

The Air Quality Index Explained: What It Means and How to Stay Safe

By Adeel Hassan NY Times, Aug. 6, 2021 The Air Quality Index measures the density of five pollutants: ground-level ozone, particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. It was established by the Environmental Protection Agency as a way to communicate to Americans the cleanliness of the air they are breathing each day. Read more

DEP declares Ozone Action Day for Aug. 25

DEP has declared an Air Quality Action Day due to OZONE pollution in the Susquehanna Valley, PA, for Wednesday, Aug 25 Tomorrow’s Forecast Wednesday, Aug 25: 102 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone 57 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns) Extended Forecast Thursday, Aug 26: 98 AQI Moderate Ozone 57 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 […]

DEP declares air quality action day for July 20

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulate matter for Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in the following areas of Pennsylvania: • The southeastern counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia; • The Lehigh Valley-Berks Area which includes the counties of […]

DEP declares Air Quality Action Day of Dec. 21

A(n) Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Monday, Dec 21 Tomorrow’s Forecast Monday, Dec 21: 103 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns) Extended Forecast Tuesday, Dec 22: 40 AQI Good Particle Pollution (2.5 microns) Current conditions: ***An Air Quality Action Day is in effect for Monday***. […]

Air Quality Action Day, Dec. 20

A(n) Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Sunday, Dec 20 Tomorrow’s Forecast Sunday, Dec 20: 103 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns) Extended Forecast Monday, Dec 21: 64 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns) Tuesday, Dec 22: 39 AQI Good Particle Pollution (2.5 microns) Current conditions: […]

Clean Air is Good for Birds too

Study: Air pollution laws aimed at human health also help birds By Pat Leonard |Cornell Chronicle November 24, 2020 U.S. pollution regulations meant to protect people from dirty air are also saving North America’s birds, according to a new study. Improved air quality under a federal program to reduce ozone pollution may have averted the loss […]

More than a dozen states unite to boost electric trucks

Washington Post, July 14, 2020. By Dino Grandino. More than a dozen states are teaming up to boost sales of pickup trucks, school buses and big rigs that run entirely on electricity and do not pump climate-warming pollution into the air. Leaders from Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and 10 other states, […]

NASA Satellite Data Show 30 Percent Drop In Air Pollution Over Northeast U.S.

Over the past several weeks, NASA satellite measurements have revealed significant reductions in air pollution over the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast United States. Similar reductions have been observed in other regions of the world. These recent improvements in air quality have come at a high cost, as communities grapple with widespread lockdowns and […]