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Code Orange air quality in Richmond as of 3:00 pm, Friday, August 1

As of 3:00 pm, Friday, August 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.

The air quality forecast for Saturday, August 2nd is Code Yellow, Moderate, due to particle pollution.

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 01, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Code Orange air quality in Winchester and Richmond as of 3:00 pm, Tuesday, July 29th

As of 3:00 pm, Tuesday, July 29th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Winchester and Richmond areas based upon 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 forecasts for Wednesday, July 30th are:
Winchester - Code Yellow, Moderate due to ozone.
Richmond - Code Orange (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY), Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups due to ozone.

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 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Code Orange air quality in Richmond as of 1:00 pm, Friday, July 18th

As of 1:00 pm, Friday, July 18th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon 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 Saturday, July 19th will be issued after 3:00 pm today.

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 18, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Code Orange air quality in Winchester and Hampton Roads as of 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 17th

As of 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 17th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Winchester and Hampton Roads areas based upon 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 forecasts for Friday, July 18th will be issued after 3:00 pm today.

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 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Code Orange air quality in Richmond as of 12 noon, Thursday, July 17th

As of 12 noon, Thursday, July 17th, the estimate Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon 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.

It is possible that the Code Red range may be reached later this afternoon.

The air quality forecast for Friday, July 18th will be issued after 3:00 pm today.

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 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm