Air Quality Alert - Texas

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By: Weather

AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE
TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
300 PM CDT FRI SEP 23 2011

...OZONE WATCH ISSUED FOR SATURDAY...

THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY...HAS ISSUED AN
OZONE WATCH FOR THE HOUSTON...GALVESTON...AND BRAZORIA AREAS FOR
SATURDAY...SEPTEMBER 24TH. ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO
BE FAVORABLE FOR PRODUCING HIGH LEVELS OF OZONE POLLUTION IN THE
HOUSTON...GALVESTON...AND BRAZORIA AREAS.

ELEVATED CONCENTRATIONS OF OZONE CAN ACT AS A LUNG IRRITANT.
INDIVIDUALS WITH CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE...SUCH AS ASTHMA AND
EMPHYSEMA...AND THE ELDERLY AND SMALL CHILDREN...ARE PARTICULARLY
SENSITIVE TO OZONE AND SHOULD ATTEMPT TO AVOID EXPOSURE. TO AVOID
EXPOSURE...MINIMIZE EXERTION OUTDOORS DURING THE MID-DAY TO EARLY
EVENING HOURS OR STAY INDOORS IN AN AIR CONDITIONED AREA DURING THIS
TIME.

OZONE REACHING EXCESSIVE LEVELS AT ANY SITE IN THE AREA MAY MOVE TO
OR FROM OTHER SITES WITHIN THE AREA...DEPENDING ON WIND DIRECTION AND
OTHER FACTORS. EXCESSIVE LEVELS MAY LINGER UNTIL SUNSET. OZONE
WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED IF AIR POLLUTION LEVELS ARE DETECTED AT
UNHEALTHY LEVELS.

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HARDIN-JEFFERSON-ORANGE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LUMBERTON...SILSBEE...BEAUMONT...
PORT ARTHUR...ORANGE...VIDOR...BRIDGE CITY
250 PM CDT FRI SEP 23 2011

...OZONE ACTION DAY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CDT SATURDAY...

THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY IS FORECASTING A CODE
ORANGE OZONE ACTION DAY FOR JEFFERSON...ORANGE...AND HARDIN
COUNTIES...IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM CDT SATURDAY.

THE AIR QUALITY INDEX INDICATES THAT OZONE WILL BE AT THE ORANGE
LEVEL...WHICH MEANS MEMBERS OF SENSITIVE GROUPS MAY EXPERIENCE
HEALTH EFFECTS. THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS NOT LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED.
INCREASING OZONE LEVELS MAY CAUSE UNHEALTHY AIR QUALITY DURING
AFTERNOON HOURS. ACTIVE CHILDREN AND ADULTS...THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE
WITH RESPIRATORY DISEASES SUCH AS ASTHMA...SHOULD AVOID PROLONGED
OUTDOOR EXERTION.

PLEASE TAKE WHATEVER VOLUNTARY STEPS YOU CAN TO REDUCE EMISSIONS
THAT CONTRIBUTE TO OZONE FORMATION. DRIVE LESS AND MAKE SURE YOUR
AUTOMOBILE IS IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION. MAKE SURE YOUR GAS CAP IS
TIGHT. WAIT UNTIL AFTER 6 PM TO REFUEL YOUR VEHICLE AND USE GAS
POWERED LAWN EQUIPMENT.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CURRENT AIR QUALITY AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO
HELP PREVENT OZONE FORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THE D E Q WEBSITE
WWW.OZONEACTIONDAY.ORG.


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