Subject: NE Ohio Air Quality Advisory, Thursday, August 23, 2012

NOACA                                                               Press Release


Air Quality Advisory
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Northeast Ohio: An Air Quality Advisory for ozone  and fine particles has been issued for Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties. The advisory will be in effect all day Thursday,  August 23, 2012. 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.
Pollution generated from automobiles along with carry over pollution will assist in the formation of ozone in the presence of bright sunlight. Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion.
Help our region reduce air pollution
Choose public transportation. Its safe, easy and affordable!
- In Cuyahoga County, try Ride RTA
- In Lake County, try LAKETRAN
- In Summity County, try Akron METRO
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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.
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