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Wednesday is another Ozone Action Day

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) says Wednesday, May 31st will be the third Ozone Action day of the year for Southeast Michigan.

In its air quality advisory, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) noted that pollutants are expected to be in a range that is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

SEMCOG says it is important for local governments, businesses, and individuals to do what they can to voluntarily lower pollutant emissions on Ozone Action days when high levels of ozone are expected. Breathing high concentrations of ozone can cause a variety of health problems, particularly for the elderly, children, and people with asthma or other respiratory issues.

“As the school year winds down and we ramp up our fun spring and summer activities, it is important to protect air quality for our most vulnerable populations,” said Amy O’Leary, SEMCOG Executive Director.

Here are some actions that Southeast Michigan residents can follow to help minimize ozone formation:

• Delay mowing your lawn until evening or the next day. Exhaust from your lawn mower and other gas-powered lawn and garden equipment help form ozone.

• Drive less, telecommute, bike, or walk. You’ll reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, as well as save money.

• Avoid refueling your vehicle during daylight hours. Fumes released at the gas pump contribute to ozone formation.

• Delay or combine errands. This will reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

• Reduce electricity use. Adjust your thermostat a few degrees higher and turn off lights, computers, and other electrical devices when not in use.

Air quality is one of the important measures identified in SEMCOG plans and programs for creating desirable communities and a positive regional image for Southeast Michigan.

This is the 30th year of the voluntary program that helps keep Southeast Michigan’s air clean. In 2022, there were five Ozone Action days.


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