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"Red" Alert Issued Under New Pollution Forecast System

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Most of northern Utah is under a red alert today.

The state Division of Air Quality has issued a red alert today for Salt Lake, Davis, Utah and Weber Counties.

This is the first red alert under the agency's new pollution forecast system for the summer. The rising pollution has also prompted the state to issue its first high-ozone alert since the summer of 2003.

D-A-Q's Cheryl Heying said although July is usually Utah's peak season for colorless, odorless pollutant, weather conditions this year don't add up to such high levels.

Those with tender respiratory systems should avoid outdoor exertion. And everyone in northern Utah is being urged to cut down on emissions.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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