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Second Spare the Air day declared this week

Air district implores people to reduce energy use

With more hot weather to come, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Day for today (Tuesday, Sept. 20) -- the second this week.

District officials are encouraging people to take public transit and to reduce their energy use.

"We are again forecasting unhealthy concentrations of smog," district executive officer Jack Broadbent said. "With temperatures continuing to run high, it's more important than ever that residents drive less, take public transportation, reduce energy use and do their part to minimize pollution."

Motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, industrial emissions and household chemicals contain volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides that can combine with oxygen. When in the presence of heat and sunlight, it can create ground-level ozone.

Long-term exposure to ozone can reduce lung function and high levels of ozone are particularly harmful to children, seniors and those with heart and respiratory conditions, district officials said. Today will be the second consecutive Spare the Air Day this week and the sixth for 2011.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Posted by breather, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

The air pollution district announces these Spare The Air days around noon the day before. I wish the media would pass along the information the same day so that commuters can make their plans for the next day. When the media waits until the next morning to make the announcement, then no one is going to do anything about it.


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