Code Orange Air Quality in Richmond tomorrow

DEQ is projecting a Code Orange air quality day in Richmond tomorrow, and a Code Yellow in Roanoke.  If Richmond gets a few in a row it could suggest a trend that will see Roanoke following shortly thereafter.

Air quality forecasts for June 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for June 17, 2014

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityForecasting.aspx.

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Yellow – Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Orange – Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Air Quality Action Day)
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow – Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow – Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

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