Posted by: philadelphiadieseldifference | March 29, 2010

Update from Air Quality Partnership as Ozone Season Approaches

Air Quality Partnership Gears Up for Ozone Season
Warm summer weather = unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone

As warmer weather approaches, so does the onset of ground-level ozone. Fortunately, ozone levels are being monitored and the public is alerted when levels become dangerous. A program of DVRPC, the Air Quality Partnership (AQP) educates residents about the dangerous effects of ground-level ozone and provides air quality forecasts to the public.

The AQP’s ozone season kicks off in late-April and runs through September. In the summer, sunlight and high temperatures Abake@ pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, power plants and other sources of pollution to form high levels of ground-level ozone (ie. smog). The AQP provides summertime ground-level ozone forecasts and encourages voluntary actions to reduce air pollution, such as taking transit and not topping off your gas tank.

This year, the AQP introduced a new air quality alert system. The EnviroFlash Air Quality Alert system is a U.S. EPA email service that allows individuals and organizations to sign up for air quality alerts and receive advisories when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy. Unlike the Partnership’s old alert system, EnviroFlash will allow partners to manage their own alert levels and the format in which the alerts are delivered.

Also in 2010, the AQP elected its new Board Officers. Maureen Farrell, Manager of Operations at Greater Valley Forge Transportation, will serve as Chair; and John Hainsworth, Senior Transportation Specialist at Cross County Connection, will serve as Vice Chair.

For daily air quality forecasts and helpful tips on how to reduce air pollution, visit http://www.airqualitypartnership.org. To receive air quality forecasts and alerts, click on the “sign up for air quality forecasts” button.

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