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Sept. 20, 2012: Ozone Action Day
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
With high ozone levels forecasted for Central Texas by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Sept. 20 will mark an Ozone Action Day on which residents and businesses can help curb pollution by carpooling, combining errands into one trip, fueling fleets only after 6 p.m. and making other mitigating efforts. Sensitive populations such as young children, the elderly and people with lung disease should avoid exposure by minimizing outdoor exertion.
Ozone pollution results when emissions from industrial facilities, electric utilities, vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors and chemical solvents are baked in sunlight. Ground-level ozone, even at low levels, can cause adverse health effects, especially among more vulnerable groups. August and September are peak ozone season, and potentially elevated levels have prompted TCEQ's Thursday ozone watch for the area including Hays, Travis, Williamson, Caldwell and Bastrop counties.
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