CAB guest editorial in the Sentinel

The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report for 2015 contained some daunting news for Central Pennsylvania: the Harrisburg-York-Lebanon region was listed as 12th worst in the nation for particle pollution.

This seems like a dramatic slide in the wrong direction; in the 2014 report our region had been listed as 33rd worst in the nation in this category. Is our air dramatically worse than it has been in the past?

On June 19, 2015 the Sentinel published CAB’s view of the data.  For the full text of the guest editorial, go to: Sentinel – CAB guest editorial

AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY HAS BEEN DECLARED FOR FRIDAY, JUN 12

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has declared an Air Quality Action Day for the Susquehanna Valley on Friday, June 12

 Forecast
Friday, Jun 12: 103 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
81 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, Jun 13: 79 AQI Moderate Ozone
76 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current Conditions: At 2 p.m. EDT this Thursday afternoon, hot and humid conditions exist across the region south of a nearly stationary cold front moving across northern parts of Pennsylvania. Already, ozone is moving well into the moderate range, and some spots will even average code ORANGE before the day is out. Temperatures are rising close to 90 degrees as well. With the higher humidity levels, and some smoke still present in the boundary layer, fine particulate is also well into the moderate range. A thunderstorm can pop in a few spots later this afternoon and evening, otherwise partly cloudy and humid overnight. *** Friday’s forecast: Hot and humid conditions will continue on southwest winds for the day Friday. Parts of the area will experience code ORANGE ozone levels by the afternoon hours. Afternoon temperatures will soar into the lower 90s. With a decent amount of humidity and lighter winds, fine particulate will remain well into the moderate range. A thunderstorm may be sparked in the late afternoon or early evening, but may not be enough to limit ozone formation. *** Extended forecast: A stronger cold front will be moving southeastward towards the area on Saturday, increasing shower and thunderstorm coverage across the area. Ozone concentrations should thus fall into the lower moderate range. Afternoon temperatures in the middle to upper 80s with a decent amount of humidity and light winds keeping PM2.5 in the moderate range. High pressure will move southward into the area on Sunday, and bring more of an north to northeast flow which will act to keep ozone concentrations in the lower moderate range. Southwest flow out ahead of another cold front on Monday will act to keep ozone in the moderate range, with a couple of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. With upper level ridging and winds shifting back into the southwest, ozone levels may increase later on next week as hot and humid conditions return.—McAuliffe
Here are some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

Best Practices for Siting Warehouse and Distribution Centers

Source: betasourcegroup.com

Proposed construction of warehouse and distribution centers has been in the news lately.

Join the Clean Air Board as we take a look at best practices for siting warehouse and distribution centers.

We will be meeting on June 4, 7 pm at the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA.

Is our local air quality getting better or worse?

American Lung Association’s 2015 “State of the Air” report suggests that local air quality has not improved. Southcentral Pennsylvania has dropped to 12th worst among metropolitan areas for particle pollution.

What does the data show? Come to our community meeting as we discuss the data behind the report.  Is our air cleaner or dirtier?

The Clean Air Board will be meeting on May 7 at 7 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle PA

CDC announces World Asthma Day — May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015, marks the 17th annual observance of World Asthma Day and the kickoff to Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. One in 14 Americans lives with asthma,* experiencing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing.

Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma successfully to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, or episodes. Successful asthma management includes knowing the warning signs of an attack, avoiding things that can trigger an attack, and following the advice of a health care provider.

Members of the public can join experts from CDC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, May 5, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, for a TwitterChat about asthma, common asthma triggers, and how to create an asthma action plan. To join the moderated conversation, follow @CDCEnvironment on Twitter and use the hashtag #AsthmaChat2015 in chat messages. No registration is required.

More information about CDC’s National Asthma Control Program and its public and private partners is available at http://www.cdc.gov/asthma.

* Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/most_recent_data.htm.

American Lung Association releases State of the Air report

What’s theState of Your Air?

For 16 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the State of the Air report. The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make our air cleaner and healthier.

Report Card: What’s the Grade for Your Air?

For answers, go to: http://www.stateoftheair.org/

Centers for Disease Control and EPA announce Air Quality Awareness Week

Air Quality Awareness Week — April 27–May 1, 2015

Air quality awareness week infographic

April 24, 2015 / 64(15);425

CDC is collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to urge persons to learn how air quality affects health during Air Quality Awareness Week, April 27–May 1, 2015.

Although outdoor air quality has improved since the 1990s, many challenges remain. Ground-level ozone, the primary component of smog, and particle pollution are just two of the many factors that decrease air quality and might affect health. Particle pollution can cause eye, lung, and throat irritation and can cause a heart attack among persons with heart disease (1). Ozone exposure can worsen symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema and can cause coughing and pain when taking a deep breath, lung and throat irritation, and wheezing and trouble breathing during exercise or outdoor activities (2).

EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) (3) predicts the level of pollution in the air each day and provides advice on healthy physical activity. The AQI is available on the internet, on many local TV weather forecasts, or as free e-mail tools and apps (4). The AQI includes information about the five major air pollutants in the United States that are regulated by EPA, including ozone and particle pollution.

Join experts from CDC, EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Park Service on Thursday, April 30, at 1:00 pm Eastern for a TwitterChat about air quality, physical activity, and health. Use the hashtag #AirQualityChat in chat messages to join the conversation.

Additional air quality and health information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/air/default.htm and http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airawareExternal Web Site Icon.

References

  1. CDC. Particle pollution. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available athttp://www.cdc.gov/air/particulate_matter.html.
  2. CDC. Ozone and your health. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/air/ozone.html.
  3. Environmental Protection Agency. AirNow. Air quality index. Washington, DC: Environmental Protection Agency. Available at http://www.airnow.govExternal Web Site Icon.
  4. Environmental Protection Agency. AirNow. Air quality notifications. Washington, DC: Environmental Protection Agency. Available athttp://www.enviroflash.infoExternal Web Site Icon.
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