Annual program calls for action to keep ozone levels low
As Valley schools go back into session and vehicle traffic picks up, Air District officials are gearing up for the first Air Alert episode of 2012.
The annual air quality-notification program addresses elevated ozone (smog) levels that correlate to increased vehicle use, including back-to-school traffic. About 80 percent of the Valley’s ozone is caused by mobile sources. During back-to-school week, vehicle idling is also a major air-quality concern.
“We are asking people to refrain from idling their vehicles when dropping off or picking up schoolchildren,” said Jaime Holt, the District’s chief communications officer.
Air officials were encouraged by the public’s reception to the first Air Alert notifications in 2011 and anticipate a similar response this year.