Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

08/09/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/09/2020 15:11

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for Ozone for Monday, August 10, 2020, in Southeastern, Southcentral, and Southwestern Counties of Pennsylvania

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection

Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Neil Shader

717-787-1323

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Monday, August 10, 2020, for the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York in southcentral Pennsylvania, and the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Monday's forecast of mostly sunny skies, light south to southwesterly winds, high temperatures reaching into the lower 90s, and limited chances for any afternoon thunderstorms, in conjunction with increased weekday emissions, will result in ozone concentrations reaching the Code Orange level during the afternoon.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI) provides standardized color codes for forecasting and reporting daily air quality. Green signifies good air quality; yellow means moderate air quality; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive groups of people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all.

An Air Quality Action Day is issued when the AQI is forecasted to be code orange or higher. 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.

Residents and businesses within the Air Quality Action Day area are strongly encouraged to voluntarily help reduce air pollution by:

  • Conserving electricity by setting air conditioning to a higher temperature;
  • Combining errands to reduce vehicle trips;
  • Limiting engine idling; and
  • Refueling cars and trucks after dusk.

For more information, visit DEP at www.dep.pa.gov, EPA's AirNow at www.airnow.gov, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's Air Quality Partnership at www.airqualitypartnership.org, or Southwestern Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership at www.spaqp.org.