Clean Air Board heard on WITF’s Smart Talk

The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” report for 2015 concluded the Harrisburg-York-Lebanon region has the 12th worst air in the nation for year-round particle pollution.  The region actually lost ground finishing 33rd in 2014.

The drop in rankings doesn’t mean the region’s air quality is worse, but is still a reason to be concerned.

How did it get that way and maybe the better question is what can be done to improve the region’s air quality?

Appearing on Monday’s Smart Talk to answer those questions and others are Margaret Parsons, the Healthy Air Campaign Coordinator with the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic and Thomas Au, President of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania.

Listen to the broadcast: WITF Smart Talk

PA DEP has declared an Air Quality Action Day for Susquehanna Valley on July 29

A(n) Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Wednesday, Jul 29
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Wednesday, Jul 29: 110 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
74 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

*** Wednesday’s forecast: Hot and humid conditions will continue during the day Wednesday with limited cloud cover. Ozone values will rise rapidly as we move into the afternoon hours, and peak concentrations will be in the code ORANGE range in many locations. The humid conditions will also allow fine particulate to remain solidly in the moderate range. Afternoon temperatures will rise to the lower 90s. Warm and muggy again Wednesday night with lows in the lower 70s.

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.

CAB will not meet in July

The Clean Air Board will not be holding a meeting in July.  Happy 4th of July!

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

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.

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.

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