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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2010

Upstate residents cautioned about ozone conditions

COLUMBIA, S.C. Conditions are likely tomorrow for increased ground-level ozone concentrations in the Upstate of South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

DHEC has announced an Ozone Action Day for the following counties:

  • Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union

When ozone levels are elevated, active children and adults as well as people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion, said Myra Reece, chief of DHECs Bureau of Air Quality. Ground-level ozone is formed when hot, dry, stagnant weather conditions exist. When that happens, emissions from vehicles contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone.

Reece said ways residents can help limit the formation of ground-level ozone include:

DHECs daily forecast for ground-level ozone can be found at: http://www.scdhec.gov/ozone or by calling toll-free (866) 238-4973. To receive the daily ozone forecast via e-mail, visit: https://enviroflash.info.

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For more information:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769
E-mail - beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov