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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 30, 2012
CONTACT: Jessica Morton, (603) 271-1390
Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

Air Quality Awareness Week, April 30 to May 4

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services joins the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Weather Service in designating April 30 to May 4 as Air Quality Awareness Week to educate people about air pollution and what they can do to protect their health and improve air quality. The week highlights the importance of being aware of local air quality conditions and the steps to take to protect your health if it becomes necessary.

“New Hampshire experiences a number of days annually when the air can be unhealthy due to elevated concentrations of either ozone, better know as smog, or fine particle pollution,” said DES Commissioner Thomas Burack. “It is our responsibility to monitor outdoor air quality, make sure this information is readily available to the public and, should it become necessary, issue air pollution advisories.”

Air quality information is collected at 15 monitoring stations located throughout New Hampshire. These air monitoring stations are operated by DES and the Appalachian Mountain Club. This information is updated on our website every hour and is used to forecast daily air quality conditions. This and additional information is available at www.airquality.nh.gov or call (800) 935-SMOG.

Up-to-date, air quality messages are also available through an automated nationwide system called EnviroFlash which was developed to provide instant customized information for the New Hampshire area you specify. Personalized air quality forecasts and alerts can be delivered via your choice of email or text messages. This is especially helpful for people who are more susceptible to the risks of air pollution, allowing them to make safe decisions about their day’s activities. Sign up today at www.enviroflash.info.

Commissioner Burack also encourages all residents and businesses to do their share for clean air. Adding together everyone’s efforts will minimize air pollution and protect our environment. These actions include keeping car and boat engines tuned up, carpooling or using public transit when practical, walking or biking instead of driving, consolidating trips and errands, using environmentally safe paints and cleaning products, and conserving electricity. Even changing out an older, incandescent light bulb with a newer energy efficient bulb, will help lessen our need to generate electricity. Collectively, small steps taken by everybody can lead to significant benefits for our health and environment, and many of these steps can even save you money.

For more information on air quality, to arrange a visit to an air monitoring station, or to find out more about what you can do to keep the air clean, visit www.des.nh.gov on the A-Z list Air Resources Division, or call (603) 271-1370. You can also sign up for Air Quality Action Day Alerts by signing up for our E-News at www.des.nh.gov/media/enews/index.htm.

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