Breathing a Chore with Summer Pollutions

Breathing a Chore with Summer Pollutions

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Keith McCord ReportingDoes the air look a bit hazy to you? Are you coughing and sneezing more than usual? Summertime means an increase in pollution levels along the Wasatch Front, and there's no relief in sight.

We have the perfect conditions right now for the formation of ozone. In fact, the state Division of Air Quality says the levels in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah and Weber Counties is considered "unhealthy" and urges everyone to consider carpooling and using mass transit for the next few days. On top of that, our air has been polluted even more by all the wildfires in southern Utah, and more recently, in Nevada.

Bob Dalley, Div. of Air Quality: "And again we have smoke coming in from southern Nevada; and smoke can enhance the formation of ozone as the emissions from the smoke from the fires can involve in the photo chemical reaction that results in ozone."

Because of the ozone levels, the air quality folks are urging the elderly and the young, and those with heart or respiratory problems to limit outdoor activity.

Allergies are also making people miserable. So, as far as breathing is concerned, we have a triple-whammy going right now!

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