Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Wednesday, Dec 4

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has declared an air quality action day for Dec. 4.

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Wednesday, Dec 4: 110 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Current Conditions as of 1 PM on Tuesday: Hazy conditions continue this afternoon as calm winds are keeping mixng to a minimum, allowing for PM 2.5 levels to remain in the Code Orange range. Similar conditions will continue tomorrow before we begin to see a more active pattern return late week. *** Wednesday’s Forecast: Light winds will limit vertical mixing, yet again, through at least the morning and into the afternoon on Wednesday. Increasing moisture will continue to slowly push northward, bringing some milder temperatures with it. The combination of minimal mixing and rising moisture will allow for PM 2.5 levels to remain inside the Code Orange range through at least the middle of the day. The air mass to our south that contains the higher moisture levels is slightly cleaner than the current air mass in place. Therefore, as this air mass begins to push further north we should see concentrations begin to fall and reach the lower end of the Code Orange range if not high moderate by late in the day. A southerly breeze at the surface will form late afternoon to early evening to assist in pushing this mild and humid air mass northward. As a result, there will be enough hours of Code Orange concentrations throughout the day before we see improvement back to more moderate levels by late evening. 

The Clean Air Board suggest going to this link to check particle levels in the Cumberland Valley. 

http://cumberlink.com/app/weather/air/

 

NBC News reports on link between air pollution and cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which is based in Lyon, France.

“We consider this to be the most important environmental carcinogen, more so than passive smoking,” said Kurt Straif, head of the IARC department that evaluates cancer-causing substances.

IARC had previously deemed some of the components in air pollution such as diesel fumes to be carcinogens, but this is the first time it has classified air pollution in its entirety as cancer causing.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/who-agency-air-pollution-causes-cancer-8C11410692

For a video clip from the NBC Nightly News Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/53309399/#53309399

The new World Health Organization study on air pollution and cancer can be found at:

 

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 pm

“The Air We Breathe” – a short presentation of how others around the world look at air pollution.

CAB has enlisted a school to pioneer the School Flag Program. The school will raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to the local air quality forecast.  Learn about how this program will work.

The meeting will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, at 7 pm.

Join us for the discussion.

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 pm

CAB will look at the Environmental Protection Agency’s School Flag Program. Schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to the local air quality forecast. The presentation will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on Sept. 5, at 7 pm.  

Join us for the discussion. 

Air Quality Action Day declared for Susquehanna Valley on Sunday, Jun 23

Forecast
Sunday, Jun 23: 114 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
80 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Air Quality Action Day declared for Susquehanna Valley on Saturday, Jun 22

Forecast
Saturday, Jun 22: 110 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Sunday, Jun 23: 114 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
80 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

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