Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Air Quality Awareness Week

The air quality awareness week is here! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Weather Service are putting efforts together to help all Americans to improve their knowledge of the Air Quality Index (AQI) (a color-coded tool used to communicate the quality of the air to the public). EPA recently strengthened the national ozone standards from 80 parts per billion to 75 parts per billion, but it still needs to determine when the new standards take effect; it is said that if the new standards will take effect today, more than 300 American counties would be in violation. EPA suggests that sensitive people should stay inside on days when the ozone is under “code orange” or higher.

Check the air quality in your area whenever you like on AirNow.

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