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Code Red air quality in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas as of 5:00 pm, Friday, June 29th

As of 5:00 pm, Friday, June 29th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations has reach the Code Red range (http://vadeq.ipsmtx.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid strenuous outdoor activities through this evening. Everyone else, especially children, should reduce strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

The air quality forecast for both areas is Code Orange for Saturday.

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: June 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Air quality forecasts for June 30, July 1, and July 2, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for June 30, July 1, and July 2, 2012

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityForecasting.aspx. (new link)

June 30:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


July 1:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


July 2:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: 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.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.


Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482 ext. 4404
Work Email: Daniel.Salkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
Air Quality Forecast Webpage:
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityForecasting.aspx (new link)
Office of Air Quality Assessments Webpage:
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityAssessments.aspx (new link)

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: June 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Hampton Roads area as of 1:00 pm, Friday, June 29th

As of 1:00 pm, Friday, June 29th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Hampton Roads area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://vadeq.ipsmtx.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). 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.

Kristen Stumpf
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Kristen Stumpf

Sent: June 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Richmond area as of 12:00 pm, Friday, June 29th

As of 12:00 pm, Friday, June 29th, 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://vadeq.ipsmtx.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). 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: June 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Richmond area as of 3:00 pm, Friday, June 22th

As of 3:00 pm, Friday, June 22th, 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://vadeq.ipsmtx.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). 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.

Kristen Stumpf
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Kristen Stumpf

Sent: June 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm