Air Quality Alert


Saturday, June 6th 2009, 7:57 am
By: News 9


AIR QUALITY INDEX STATEMENT OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY RELAYED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK SAT JUN 6 2009 THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS ISSUED BY THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY. A CLEAN AIR ALERT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR TODAY, JUNE 6, 2009 FOR THE OKLAHOMA CITY METROPOLITAN AREA DUE TO EXPECTED HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF OZONE. PERSONS WITH EXISTING HEART OR RESPIRATORY AILMENTS SHOULD REDUCE PHYSICAL EXERTION AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITY. THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM BY REDUCING VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED BY RIDING THE BUS...CARPOOLING...OR AVOIDING UNNECESSARY TRIPS. THE PUBLIC IS ALSO ASKED TO AVOID REFUELING DURING THE MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS AND AVOID THE USE OF TWO CYCLE ENGINES SUCH AS LAWN MOWERS... MOTORCYCLES... WEEDEATERS... AND OUTBOARD ENGINES. IT IS ALSO ADVISED TO LIMIT OUTDOOR BURNING. FOR HOURLY UPDATES ON CONCENTRATIONS AND POSSIBLE HEALTH WARNINGS, TELEPHONE THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AT 405-702-4100.