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Valley under ozone high pollution advisory for Thursday

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Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:18 pm

An ozone high pollution advisory has been issued for the Valley on Thursday.

According to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, three Valley air-quality monitoring sites recorded unhealthy ozone levels on Tuesday, which led to a health watch being issued for Wednesday. Meanwhile, wind speeds have remained below average while bright sunshine and above-average temperatures are expected for yet another day, the news release said.

"Extreme temperatures and monsoon storms elevate our pollution challenges this time of year," said Maricopa County Air Quality Department Director Bill Wiley. "However, it's not all Mother Nature's doing. We ask everyone to take a look at their daily activities and make a choice to help us prevent pollution from getting worse."

The Maricopa County Air Quality Department will continue to enforce its mandatory "No Burn Day" restrictions during the high pollution advisory and throughout the current No Burn declaration. This restriction includes individuals and businesses that have burn permits for open burning.

Children and adults with respiratory problems should avoid outdoor activities on Thursday and the general public should limit outdoor activity throughout the day.

Valley Metro requests that employers activate their HPA Plan.

Other tips:

* Eliminate wood burning in fireplaces, stoves, chimineas and outdoor fire pits.

* Drive as little as possible; car pool, use public transit or telecommute. For information on transportation alternatives, visit Valley Metro at www.valleymetro.org

* Avoid using leaf blowers.

* Use low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) or water-based paints, stains, finishes and paint strippers.

* Delay big painting projects until high-pollution advisories or health watches have passed.

* Make sure containers of household cleaners, garage and yard chemicals and other solvents are sealed properly to prevent vapors from evaporating into the air.

To learn more, visit www.cleanairmakemore.com

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