[ADEQ Media] New Month Marks Beginning of Maricopa County 'Ozone Season'
Fri Apr 1 11:01:12 MST 2011
PHOENIX (April 1, 2011) - The Valley enters its official ozone season
today and does not conclude its watch for the ground level pollutant
until the end of September.
Ozone pollution is granted a summertime status due to its need for
interaction with heat and sunlight. Ground level ozone forms when
emissions from fossil-fuel fired equipment, industrial and chemical
processes, and even household activities react in the sun.
This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to
announce a new, lower health standard for the pollutant. The agency
states it is proposing to set the "primary" standard, which protects
public health, at a level between 0.060 and 0.070 parts per million
measured over eight hours. The current health standard is 0.075 ppm.
Last year was a busy one for air-quality forecasters. Ten days had
exceedances of the federal ozone health standard. ADEQ issued five
high-pollution advisories and 33 health watches for ozone during 2010.
"The health threat from ozone should motivate each of us to take
action," explains Maricopa County Air Quality Department Director Bill
Wiley. "By making simple changes to our daily activities such as
reducing our driving, refueling after dark or turning off lights, we can
have a great impact on ozone concentrations."
Ground level ozone pollution is a direct threat to your lungs and can
trigger asthma. Children are at the greatest risk from ozone because
their lungs are still developing, they are most likely to be active
outdoors, and they are more likely than adults to have asthma. Adults
with asthma or other lung diseases, and older adults are also sensitive
"The condition of the Valley's air quality is relative to the action we
take to improve it," said David A. Boggs, Valley Metro RPTA executive
director. "As a commuter, take steps to reduce your travel one day a
week by joining a carpool, riding transit or telecommuting."
Ozone pollution prevention tips:
* Drive less. When possible, carpool, van pool or use public
* Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines, for example, at coffee
shops, fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go inside
* Refuel your vehicle after dark or during cooler evening hours
* Use low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) or water-based paints,
stains, finishes and paint strippers
* Delay big painting projects until high-pollution advisories or
health watches have passed
* Make sure containers of household cleaners, garage and yard
chemicals and other solvents are sealed properly to prevent vapors from
evaporating into the air
* Conserve electricity
To track how much pollution your commute generates, visit
www.ValleyMetro.org and select ShareTheRide. Sign up to receive air
quality updates by email or text message at www.CleanAirMakeMore.com
OZONE BACKGROUND: Ground level ozone is formed by a chemical reaction
that needs heat from sunlight, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic
compounds [VOCs] to form. The months of April through September make up
our Valley's longer-than-normal "ozone season."
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality [ADEQ] provides a daily
forecast for air quality. When conditions exist, ADEQ will issue high
pollution advisories or health watches. Please visit
www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/ozone/ensemble.pdf or call (602) 771-2367. To
receive the air quality forecast via email and/or text message please
CONTACT: Mark Shaffer - (602) 771-2215 desk / (480) 433-9551 cell
The Maricopa County Air Quality Department is a regulatory agency whose
goal is to ensure federal clean air standards are achieved and
maintained for the residents and visitors of Maricopa County. The
department is governed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and
follows air quality standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.
The department offers air quality information and resources on its Clean
Air Make More website. Please visit www.CleanAirMakeMore.com to learn
CONTACT: Holly Ward - (602) 506-6713 desk / (602) 526-7307 cell
Valley Metro/RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to
residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel
bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, online carpool matching and bus
trip mapping, and bicycle and telework assistance. Funding is provided
by local, state and federal revenues; and administered by a board of 16
governments working to improve and regionalize the public transit
system. Please visit www.ValleyMetro.org <http://www.valleymetro.org/>
to learn more.
CONTACT: Susan Tierney - (602) 523-6004 desk / (602) 292-4093 cell
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