Subject: NE Ohio Air Quality Advisory, July 4-5, 2012

NOACA                                                               Press Release


Air Quality Advisory
Wednesday & Thursday, July 4-5, 2012
Northeast Ohio: An Air Quality Advisory for fine particles and ozone has been issued for Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties. The advisory will be effective from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. Air quality levels will be 'unhealthy for sensitive groups' during this period.
If you are in the 'Sensitive Groups' category of children, the elderly and those with breathing difficulties, please monitor your outdoor activity and check live map of air quality readings.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. If you are in sensitive groups, drink plenty of water & stay out of the sun. The weather conditions favor the accumulation of air pollutants resulting in both ozone and fine particulate pollution in the atmosphere. Please limit your outdoor activities if you are in sensitive groups.
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Avoid open burning. Smoke resulting from burning of leaves and brush, other vegetation, as well as backyard trash contains a number of hazardous air pollutants.
Look at live image of Cleveland's skyline. Visit http://clevelandhazecam.net/. Watch for visibility problems and formation of haze during exceedance days.
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About NOACA
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), in partnership with the Ohio EPA, the Cleveland Division of Air Quality, the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District, the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, the Lake County General Health District, and Ohio University, has forecasted this Advisory based on predicted weather patterns.
Brenda Walker
NOACA Air Quality Programs
216-241-2414 x282
bwalker@mpo.noaca.org
Vijay Nemalapuri
NOACA Air Quality Programs
216-241-2414 x321
vnemalapuri@mpo.noaca.org