Archive

On top of heat, DEP issues air-quality advisory for Saturday for southwest Pa. | TribLIVE.com
Regional

On top of heat, DEP issues air-quality advisory for Saturday for southwest Pa.

Patrick Varine
vndjuneweather070116
Eric Felack | Tribune-Review
DEP officials have issued an air-quality advisory for Saturday, June 30, 2018.

It isn’t just the heat that could get to you today. State environmental officials are also issuing a public advisory about air quality on the final day of June.

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has designated it as a “Code Orange Air Quality Action Day” for ozone levels in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette and Washington counties on a day when temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-90s by late afternoon, according to Weather.com.

More than a dozen counties outside of southwest Pennsylvania are also subject to the advisory.

“On Saturday, a strong ridge of high pressure centered over the eastern U.S. will promote sunshine, light southwesterly winds and temperatures rising into the mid-90s,” DEP officials said in Friday’s release. “As a result, ozone levels will rise to the ‘Code Orange’ (level).”

Young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, DEP officials said, and should limit outdoor activities.

A few measures can help boost air quality in the region, including:

• Refueling cars and trucks after dusk

• Setting air conditioner thermostats to a higher temperature

• Carpooling or using public transportation

• Combining errands to reduce trips.

For more information, visit DEP.PA.gov.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.