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Code Orange air quality in the Roanoke area as of 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 20th

As of 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 20th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Roanoke 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: July 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Richmond area as of 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 20th

As of 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 20th, 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: July 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Richmond area as of 2:00 pm, Friday, July 1st

As of 2:00 pm, Friday, July 1st, 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: July 01, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Air quality health alerts for Richmond and Hampton Roads cancelled as of mid-day, June 22nd

Particle pollution concentrations have dropped off significantly over the past few hours in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. Air quality is now in the moderate range and continues to improve. Smoke from the North Carolina wildfires has moved off to the north and east of the region. As a result, today's air quality health alerts for Richmond and Hampton Roads are cancelled as of mid-day.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: June 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Code Red air quality in Richmond and Hampton Roads due to smoke from the North Carolina wildfires, June 22, 2011

***CODE RED AIR QUALITY IN RICHMOND AND HAMPTON ROADS TODAY, JUNE 22, 2011***

Smoke from the North Carolina wildfires has moved into the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas overnight. Smoke may occasionally continue in these areas through the day and into this evening. Below are the guidelines to follow in your area if smoke becomes an issue:

SMOKE INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions due to wildfire smoke:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

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
Work Email: Daniel.Salkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: June 22, 2011 at 6:33 am