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Jun 30

Saturday, June 30, 2012, is an Air Quality Action Day

Today is an Air Quality Action Day.

That burning in your throat isn’t heartburn!

You feel bad not just because it’s hot but also because your lungs are struggling with each breath to get enough oxygen for your body to function optimally.

The Lehigh Valley/Berks County Air Quality Partnership encourages residents to consider using public transit or other forms of alternative transportation on all Air Quality Action Days.

Today the ozone level is expected to be very high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Today the particulate pollution level is expected to be high:

* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Lehigh Valley – Berks Area.

* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website
http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=static.aqi

* To see the current forecast and monitoring information for the Lehigh Valley / Berks Area, visit us online at the PA DEP Forecast and Monitoring Site
http://www.ahs2.dep.state.pa.us/aq_apps/aqpartners/default.asp

* To find out more information about the Air Quality Partnership of the Lehigh Valley – Berks Area, visit the AQP of LVB http://www.lvbcair.org/

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