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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: August 2, 2012
CONTACT: Jeff Underhill (603) 419-0330

DES Declares Air Quality Action Day
Unhealthy Air Pollution Levels Predicted for Tomorrow

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) is expecting air pollution concentrations to reach unhealthy levels for sensitive individuals in coastal Rockingham County on Friday August 3. DES officials are calling for an Air Quality Action Day and advise sensitive individuals in this area to take precautions to protect their health by limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. Sensitive individuals include children and older adults, anyone with lung disease such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, and people who are active outdoors. Even healthy individuals may experience mild health effects and should consider limiting strenuous or prolonged outdoor activities.

DES forecasts unhealthy concentrations of ground-level ozone (the main component of smog) for sensitive individuals in the above-mentioned region. Unhealthy air quality is anticipated due to the persistence of high temperatures under sunny skies and light southwesterly winds transporting pollution into New Hampshire from surrounding areas. Conditions are expected to continue at least through Friday. Additional advisories will be issued as needed.

Symptoms of ozone exposure include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain when inhaling deeply, and shortness of breath. People with existing lung diseases may not be able to breathe as deeply or vigorously as normal and may experience symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath. The severity of the health effects increases as ozone concentrations increase.

For further information, contact DES at (603) 271-1370. For air quality forecasts and current air pollution levels in New Hampshire, call 1-800-935-SMOG, visit the DES website at www.airquality.nh.gov, or sign up for personalized email alerts at www.enviroflash.info.

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