Continuing bad air in Delaware

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, is another Code Orange bad air day. The DNREC says:

“Temperatures in the low 90s F, mostly sunny skies, light surface winds, and carry-over of ozone from Tuesday will all be important factors contributing to the increased ozone levels. The highest ozone concentrations are expected in northern Delaware due to light southerly surface winds, which will push the ozone precursors towards the northern end of the state. Particles will also reach into the Moderate range as the heat and humidity continue. An approaching cold front and cloud cover on Thursday should help push ozone down into the Moderate range.”

“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.”

Note that: Tomorrow is forecast to also be CODE YELLOW for fine particles and will be hot and humid. Today is a CODE YELLOW day for ozone and fine particles (=CODE ORANGE) and Saturday was a CODE ORANGE forecast day. Delaware air quality is consistently unhealthy.

Perhaps we should call these bad air days CODE MARKELL days in recognition of the Governor’s role lead role in restarting polluting facilities and weakening environmental regulations.

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