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Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Sunday, Jun 6
 
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Sunday, Jun 6:110 AQIUnhealthy for Sensitive GroupsOzone
 56 AQIModerateParticle Pollution (2.5 microns)

*** Sunday’s forecast: Conditions will be favorable for ozone concentrations on Sunday to climb into the code ORANGE range. Light southwesterly flow around a strong area of high pressure combined with sunny skies will allow for the rise in concentrations. Fine particulate will also go into the lower moderate range as well.

Residents and businesses within the ozone 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.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).

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DEP declares Air Quality Action Day for Thursday, May 20

Forecast
Thursday, May 20:101 AQIUnhealthy for Sensitive GroupsOzone
 53 AQIModerateParticle Pollution (2.5 microns)
**An Air Quality Action Day is in effect for ozone Thursday** Current conditions: A strong ridge of high pressure, both at the surface and aloft, is creating very warm conditions this Wednesday afternoon, and ozone formation has been robust in parts of the area. *** Thursday’s forecast: Elevated ozone is likely to continue into the day Thursday, with maximum 8 hour concentrations moving into the code ORANGE range with light winds and temperatures well into the 80s F. Fine particulate will also move into low moderate territory, with the highest levels most likely coming during the morning hours. ***
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Clean Air is Good for Birds too

Study: Air pollution laws aimed at human health also help birds

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 of 1.5 billion birds during the past 40 years, the study found. That’s nearly 20% of bird life in the United States today.  Read more.

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DEP issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Monday, August 10, 2020

 The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Monday, August 10, 2020, for the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York in southcentral Pennsylvania, and the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, […]

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DEP Issues a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for June 9, 2020

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone on June 9, 2020, for southeastern and southcentral Pennsylvania (encompassing the counties of Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York).
Strong sunshine, temperatures close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and light south to southwest winds will act to bring ozone concentrations to code ORANGE levels Tuesday afternoon. Concentrations of ozone are expected to be lower on Wednesday with only partly sunny skies and the chance for shower and thunderstorm development.
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.  Read more
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No CAB meeting on Jan. 4, 2018

There will be no Clean Air Board meeting on Jan. 4.   CAB’s next meeting will be Feb. 1.

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a new study on deaths associated with air pollution.   The New York Times reported on this study.

“The researchers found that for each day-to-day increase of 10 micrograms per square meter in fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), the small particles of soot that easily enter the lungs and bloodstream, there was a 1.05 percent increase in deaths. For each 10 parts per billion increase in ozone, a main component of smog, there was a 0.51 percent increase.”

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