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Expected blowing dust prompts high pollution advisory for Monday

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Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 10:53 pm

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is issuing a high pollution advisory (HPA) for Monday.

This HPA is being issued for PM-10, or particulate matter 10-microns or less in size, because a lengthy period of strong, gusty winds is expected throughout the region on Monday. It will create a high risk for dense dust and unhealthy PM-10 concentrations in the air.

"ADEQ meteorologists are forecasting a high risk of blowing dust due to high winds and minimal chances of rain throughout the region," said ADEQ Air Quality Division Director Eric Massey. "We are asking everyone who generates dust to take extra precautions to minimize emissions throughout the event."

As a result, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department is enforcing the mandatory “No Burn Day” restriction for Maricopa County from midnight to midnight Monday. Businesses conducting dust-generating operations are urged to be vigilant in their dust control measures.

ADEQ recommends that children and adults with respiratory problems avoid outdoor activities on Monday and suggests the general public limit outdoor activity throughout the day.

Valley Metro requests employers activate their HPA Plan.

Residents and employers are asked to use these tips to help make the air healthier to breathe:

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: www.valleymetro.org.

Avoid using leaf blowers.

Avoid activities that generate dust, such as driving on dirt roads.

To learn more about the air you’re breathing, visit: www.CleanAirMakeMore.com

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