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High ozone levels forecasted for Wednesday and Thursday

Tips to help mitigate ozone problem
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Posted at 11:39 AM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 12:39:25-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — According to a release from the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), ground-level ozone levels for Wednesday and Thursday have been forecasted in the moderate range of the Federal Air Quality Index by the Douglas County Health Department — qualifying them as Ozone Action Days.

MAPA said, "As a reminder, elevated ozone concentrations can affect people with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Vehicle exhaust and petroleum evaporative loss are the largest sources of the pollutants which react with heat and sunlight to form ground-level ozone."

To help reduce the ozone problem, MAPA provided the following tips:

  • Combining errands into a single trip when driving
  • Carpooling when possible
  • Reducing energy use
  • Buying non-toxic cleaning materials

You can monitor air quality conditions by visiting https://www.douglascountyairquality.com/ or https://www.airnow.gov/.

For other ways you can help, click here.

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