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Friday, January 23, 2015

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for South-central and Southeastern Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Delaware Valley have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for particulate matter on Friday, Jan. 23 for Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and York counties.

The forecasted high levels of particulate matter are caused by a cold, snow-covered surface combined with a high pressure weather system that limits the ability for particulate matter to disperse.

DEP and the partnership urge residents sensitive to air pollution to limit outdoor activity on days when an action day forecast has been issued for their region.

On Air Quality Action Days, young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standardized air quality index uses colors to report daily air quality. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.


Anonymous said...

It is the cold weathers fault !?!? It isn't the fault of poor regulations that allow polluters,Fraeckers and belching factories, to continually foul our air ??? But it is the cold weather holding down the toxic air.

Anonymous said...

Thank Corbett and the gas frackers for the cancer causing pollution in rural PA. Absolutely ridiculous & disgusting to blame it on "cold weather".