Code Orange bad air day Saturday, July 2, 2011

From the DNREC:

Code Orange Levels of Ozone Forecasted for Saturday, July 2, 2011
 
Saturday will be an Air Quality Action Day!
 
Mostly sunny, warm and increasingly humid on Saturday.  Stagnation through the morning hours, and a carry over of high pollutant concentrations from today, will push ozone into the Code Orange range.  Particle concentrations will also rise but remain in the moderate range.


You can view near real-time monitoring data from Delaware�s numerous ambient monitors at the following website:
http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/air/aqm_page/airmont/air.asp
For more information about the air quality alerts and what you can do to reduce air pollution, check out the following website:
 
http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/AQI/Pages/AQIForecast.aspx
 
A Code Orange air quality forecast for ozone is a level of pollution that can be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as young children, the elderly, and those with heart and/or respiratory conditions. Such persons should limit outdoor activities, especially those that require a high level of exertion.

From Green Delaware:

The good news is that pollen levels are forecast to be low-medium and temperatures below 90 deg F.

The forecast for Sunday and Monday is Code Yellow.  Monday could be another Orange day.

A little history:

June, 2011, had 16 days–more than half the month–of Code Yellow forecasts for particle pollution.

June had 11 days of Code Yellow forecasts for ozone pollution and 5 days of Code Orange for ozone pollution.

For five of those days, Code Orange for ozone coincided with Code Yellow for particles, adding up in our opinion to an effective Code Red.

Some of these days also coincided with high allergen levels and high heat/humidity.

So for more than one-half of June, 2011, air quality was not good.  Tolerable for most of us, perhaps, but not good and taking some toll on our health and quality of life.

Some states issue notices for Code Yellow conditions, but Delaware does not.

Bad air comes from a combination of natural and man-made causes.  Forest fires in Canada, dust storms and industrial pollution from Asia … all show up in Delaware. 

But much of the pollution IS local and within Delaware’s power to curtail, both by making and enforcing state and local pollution laws, and by supporting Federal legislation and the enforcement thereof.  For instance, some of our pollution rides in from the heavily-developed Baltimore/Washington area. Delaware, in turn, sends pollution to New Jersey.

Worth mentioning is an email we received a couple of weeks ago saying the Markell/Coons Refinery in Delaware City "has been flaring for three days." 

The restart of the Delaware City Refinery, which included rollbacks of already-agreed-upon emissions reductions, is quite literally one of the filthiest things politicians have done to the people of Delaware. 

Thank Chamber-of-Commerce Markell and "Cockroach" Coons.  Markell’s Friday "… summary of legislative and budget priorities …" didn’t mention air quality or any efforts to improve it.

So, better plan to hold your breath.

Also note that fireworks, however pretty, are big sources of air pollution:

Fireworks – Cheap Thrills with Toxic Consequences

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