FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2011
Residents cautioned about ozone conditions in Midlands, Upstate
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Conditions are likely tomorrow for increased ground-level ozone concentrations in a number of South Carolina counties, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.
DHEC is forecasting an Orange Ozone Action Day for the following counties:
- Abbeville, Anderson, Calhoun, Cherokee, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter 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 DHEC's 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:
- Stay in at lunch
- Avoid excessive vehicle idling
- Use SMARTRIDE or other mass transit (To see if you have SMARTRIDE in your area, link to: http://www.scdot.org/getting/Smartride/smartride.shtml.)
DHEC's daily forecast for ground-level ozone can be found at: http://www.scdhec.gov/ozone, or by calling toll-free 1-866-238-4973. To receive the daily ozone forecast via e-mail, visit: http://www.enviroflash.info/.