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TCEQ issues first 2014 ozone action day for Austin area

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued an Ozone Action Day for the Austin area for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Area residents are encouraged to help prevent and lessen ozone pollution they produce throughout the day. They can do so by sharing a ride, walking or riding a bicycle when traveling; taking their lunch to work; avoiding drive-through lanes; conserving energy; and keeping vehicles properly tuned.

> Learn more ozone prevention tips from Take Care of Texas.

Ozone action days occur when atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution. While stratospheric ozone is helpful, ground-level ozone can cause acute respiratory problems to include coughing, respiratory irritation and aggravated asthma symptoms.

Ground-level ozone is created by sunlight causing chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. Emissions from industrial and electrical facilities, vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors and chemical solvents are a few major sources that contribute to ground-level ozone creation.

> Get more TCEQ ozone facts.
> Watch the ozone forecast at EPA Air Now.

Thursday will be the first 2014 ozone action day issued for the Austin area during its ozone forecast season. The season runs through April 1 to Oct. 31, when ozone is predicted to be more concentrated. Traditionally, the Austin area experiences more Ozone Action Days later in its forecast season.

> Read about Capital Area Council of Governments Air Quality program.
> Learn about CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas and get involved.

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