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Maine DEP Issues Air Quality Alert for Monday, June 12, 2017
June 12, 2017
Contact: Contact: David Madore, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 287-5842; Martha Webster, email@example.com or (207) 287-8093; Tom Downs, firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 287-7026
(AUGUSTA)-- Ground-level ozone concentrations will be climbing in Maine on Monday and are expected to reach unhealthy levels from Kittery to Acadia according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In addition, moderate levels of particle pollution are expected in the same areas.
This is a multiday ozone event that has been building since last Wednesday beginning in Texas. On Thursday elevated levels of ozone occurred in Texas and Missouri then expanded further north and East to Tennessee and the Great Lakes on Friday. On Saturday, elevated levels of ozone exceedances are expected to expand into the metro corridor from Washington DC to Boston with Moderate levels reaching Maine’s southwest coast. Maine will be impacted by this transport event on Monday, June 12, 2017.
At elevated ozone levels, children, healthy adults who exert themselves, and individuals suffering from a respiratory disease such as asthma, bronchitis or COPD can experience reduced lung function and irritation. When this happens, individuals may notice a shortness of breath, coughing, throat irritation, and/or experience an uncomfortable sensation in their chest.
Some actions you can take to protect your health during periods of unhealthy air quality include:
DEP's toll free air quality hotline is 1-800-223-1196
For more information call the contacts listed above or go to DEP’s air quality web site http://www.maine.gov/dep/air/ozone/ .