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Dusty air still a concern in East Valley

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Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 3:46 pm

The Valley is still dealing with dust particles in the air following Tuesday's dust storm.

The dust that has coated most of the East Valley can easily be kicked back into the air by wind and human activity, such as walking, driving and yard work. Until the area receives significant rainfall, air quality will be a concern, according to the Arizona Department of Air Quality.

ADEQ and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department recommend that residents:

• Don't drive or park on dirt. If you absolutely can't avoid driving over dirt, drive slowly.

• Avoid using leaf blowers and other equipment that raise a lot of dust. Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.

• Ride ATVs and other off-road vehicles in authorized areas only and never on high pollution advisory days.

• Don't burn leaves, trash, or other materials.

• Maintain your landscape by covering loose dirt with vegetation or gravel.

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