The Evansville Environmental Protection Agency and the Vanderburgh County Health Department have issued an OZONE ALERT for Friday, June 8, 2012 because ambient concentrations of ozone may reach or exceed the level of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone and within the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range. (For today, Thursday, June 7, ozone levels may reach the “High Moderate” level and may exceed 75 ppb for a few hours).
As a public service, the Evansville Environmental Protection Agency and the Vanderburgh County Health Department Ozone Office, in cooperation with the National Weather Service and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, issue Ozone Alerts during times that ozone levels in Southwest Indiana may reach or exceed the level set by the U.S. EPA, of 76 parts per billion (ppb) averaged over eight (8) hours.
Per the U.S. EPA, if the eight hour average for ozone reaches or exceeds 76 ppb, air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children and active adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma. These people should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during Ozone Alerts. Especially in the afternoon, people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and children, should also try to stay indoors.
Remember, NO BURNING is allowed during Ozone Alerts. Use of gas and charcoal grills is permitted, but if you can postpone outdoor grilling, please do, because even gas and charcoal grills add to air pollution.
To do your share to protect air quality and reduce pollution levels: