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Poor Air Quality Predicted to Continue in Southern and Coastal New England for Thursday, June 9, 2011

Release Date: 06/08/2011
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – June 8, 2011) – Unhealthy air quality is predicted to continue in southern Connecticut, all of Rhode Island, the south coast of Massachusetts (including Cape Cod and the Islands) and coastal Maine on Thursday due to ground-level ozone. Air quality is expected to improve for Friday.

“As this hot summer weather continues, we predict unhealthy air quality to continue in parts of southern and coastal New England,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.  "Everybody can help reduce smog-forming emissions by driving less, by using public transportation and by setting air conditioner thermostats a few degrees higher.”

When ozone is forecast to be unhealthy, the public can help take action to reduce the formation of ground-level ozone, by taking simple steps including:

- Using public transportation, car pooling and/or combining trips;

- Refueling cars at night to reduce gasoline vapors getting into the air during the   daytime when the sun can cook the vapors and form ozone;

- Avoiding the use of small gasoline powered engines, such as lawn mowers, chain saws, and leaf blowers.

More information:

- Sign up for Real-time ozone data and air quality forecasts (http://www.epa.gov/ne/aqi)

- Preliminary list of this summer’s unhealthy readings for air quality in New England (http://www.epa.gov/region1/airquality/o3exceed-11.html)

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