Thanks to new Federal government initiatives giving the public
greater access to government services, everyone can breathe
a little easier.
can aggravate asthma and other breathing problems, cause headaches
and nausea, and irritate eyes. Children, the elderly, people
with respiratory problems, and people who exercise outdoors
are particularly vulnerable to ozone-related discomforts.
But, high ozone levels can even affect healthy people.
controls on cars and industrial sources are reducing harmful
levels of ozone nationwide. But, levels still vary from place
to place because of factors like geography and the concentration
of local pollution sources. Even in one place, ozone levels
fluctuate over short-term periods because of variables like
wind and temperature. Of course, ozone levels usually peak
everywhere at mid-day and are especially high during the summer
because sunlight encourages ozone formation.
are particularly vulnerable to ozone, you need accurate, up-to-date
information to help you make important decisions about your
outdoor activity levels. So, how can you tell what the ozone
level is in your area?
Short-Term Ozone Levels
Protection Agency (EPA) has the answer. A new EPA customer
service is available to give you current information about
ozone levels today and tomorrow in your area. Just visit the
EPA’s new Internet site.
This site provides real-time, accurate, and easy-to-understand
showing current and forecasted air pollution levels
in selected cities and states
health precautions (when warranted) for sensitive
and non-sensitive populations, based upon the most
recent scientific information
explanations of the health effects related to air
Internet site provides information about ozone. It eventually
will cover all 50 states and offer tips for protecting your
health and reducing ground-level ozone air pollution.
also get information on current and predicted air pollution
levels in selected cities and states on the Weather
Channel’s Internet site.
looking for long term information, you can check levels of
individual pollutants and their changes over time by city,
county, or state by visiting the EPA
Internet site. This informative site is updated monthly
and can answer many questions, including:
was the most common air pollutant measured in my county
ambient air measurements increased, decreased, or remained
unchanged over the past five years?
there major sources of air pollution in my county?
more information and real-time data on environmental topics,
visit the EPA’s Internet
site, or call Chet
Wayland, Group Leader at EPA’s Information Transfer Group,
at (919) 541-4603.
information or user support from EPA, call (800) 367-1044
or (800) 334-2405.)
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