DEP issues air quality action day forecast

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Dec 3, 2013 4:24 AM
air pollution

(Harrisburg) -- The Department of Environmental Protection is calling today an "Air Quality Action Day" for 6 midstate counties.

The DEP says residents sensitive to fine particles should limit their activities outdoors. They forecast today to be "Code Orange".

The action day is in effect for Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties.

Orange is the second worst rating on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's standardized air quality index. It represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive people.

The fine particulates are expected to rise today because of low winds near the surface, thus trapping pollution from vehicles, industry, households and power plants.

The DEP says reducing fireplace or wood stove use, carpooling, and combining errands can help reduce fine particles in the air.

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