Saturday, June 18, 2016

Air Pollution Advisory

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health advisory for portions of eastern, southern and southeastern Minnesota, effective Sunday, June 19 from 11a.m. through 9 p.m. The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro, Albert Lea, Forest Lake, Mankato, Owatonna, Red Wing, Rochester, Winona and Worthington.

As a result of ground-level ozone pollution, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is forecasted to reach into the low 90s, or just below the level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Ozone concentrations will increase late Sunday morning through the afternoon. Conditions are expected to improve Sunday evening

The MPCA advises caution among the elderly, children, people with heart or lung problems, the elderly, and anyone engaged in vigorous or prolonged activity outdoors. Ozone pollution may cause shortness of breath or breathing discomfort for some people. Anyone who is concerned about their symptoms should seek medical advice.


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