*** "Weather plays a key
role in the levels of ozone and particle pollution in your community. Sunlight
and heat promote ozone formation...."
Of course, Brig. Gen David Johnson. If you
would get something to measure the actual pollution you would find out that the
pollution is there without the sunlight. The sunlight, graciously provided
by The Creator, causes the O2 molecule to break apart when it
refracts off of the pollutant to zap it. If it doesn't get it right off
the bat the O1s jump onto another O2 and become O3...OZONE.
Ozone is the magic molecule that sticks around for a while until it can release
one of its oxygen atoms onto another piece of pollution. Without Ozone we
could not live in our cities. Get a Life and quit double-dipping on us
taxpayers and leading people astray about the real pollution. OZONE IS NOT
POLLUTION...IT IS THE SOLUTION. PERIOD
*** COMPLETE E-mail newsletter.
for Release: Monday, April 30, 2007
Protection Agency (EPA)
It's Air Quality Awareness Week:
Keep an Eye on the AQI
Contact: John Millett, EPA (202) 564-4355 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Feltgen, NOAA (301) 713-0622 ext. 127
marks the beginning of ozone season in most areas of the country -- a good
time to make sure that you check your daily Air Quality Index (AQI) and
forecast information to help you protect your health.
"Be Air Aware: Keep an Eye on the AQI" is the theme of this year's
Air Quality Awareness Week, April 30 to May 4. The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency
established the awareness week to remind Americans of the importance air
quality forecasts can play in their daily lives.
"The Bush Administration has acted to dramatically improve
quality by designing and developing tougher control programs for tailpipes
and smokestacks," said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for
EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "When fully implemented, these
programs will achieve significant further reductions in emissions, improving
public health protection for all Americans."
"Weather plays a key role in the levels of ozone and particle pollution
in your community. Sunlight and heat promote ozone formation. Light winds
and temperature inversions can keep pollution concentrated near the
ground," said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.),
director of NOAA's National Weather Service. "NOAA is proud to partner
with the EPA and state and local agencies in providing Americans with the
air quality forecast information necessary to make important health
About 300 cities nationwide issue daily forecasts based on EPA's AQI, a
simple, color-coded scale that describes a community's air quality and what
steps people should take to reduce their exposure to pollution. AQI
forecasts are available for ozone, which occurs primarily in summertime, and
for particle pollution, which can occur year-round.
New NOAA air quality forecast guidance, updated twice daily on www.weather.gov/aq,
is improving state and local agency forecasters' ability to predict the
onset, severity and duration of poor air quality episodes. In addition,
NOAA's comprehensive air quality predictions provide hour-by-hour
information for people in cities, suburbs, and rural areas over the entire
Similar information is now available for the western contiguous
If air pollution reaches high enough levels, the air can be unhealthy for
everyone, especially if you are active outdoors. Reducing exposure can be as
simple as lowering the intensity of your exercise or other activities such
as yard work, or rescheduling the activity for a time when air quality is
expected to be better.
Daily air quality forecasts are available on www.airnow.gov,
or through EPA's EnviroFlash tool, which provides customizable forecasts and
action day notifications via e-mail or pager notification.
On the Web:
NOAA/EPA national Air Quality Awareness Week: http://www.airnow.gov/airaware
Local air quality forecasts: http://www.airnow.gov
NOAA Air Quality Guidance (
NOAA Air Quality Guidance (