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Code Red air quality in the Richmond area as of 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 31st

As of 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 31st, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations has deteriorated to the Code Red range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Richmond area as of 1:00 pm, Tuesday, August 31st

As of 1:00 pm, Tuesday, August 31st, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Hampton Roads area as of 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 31st

As of 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 31st, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Hampton Roads areas based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 31, 2010 at 11:20 am

Code Orange air quality in the Richmond area as of 2:00 pm, Monday, August 30th

As of 2:00 pm, Monday, August 30th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

The air quality forecast for Tuesday, August 31st is Code Orange, Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, due to ground-level ozone. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow evening.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas as of 1:00 pm, Wednesday, August 11th

As of 1:00 pm, Wednesday, August 11th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm