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EPA PREDICTS POOR AIR QUALITY IN MASSACHUSETTS AND CONNECTICUT FOR THURSDAY
Release Date: 06/23/1999
Contact Information: Amy Miller, EPA Press Office (617-918-1042)
BOSTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is predicting unhealthy air quality, with elevated levels of ground-level ozone, for tomorrow, June 24, in southeastern Massachusetts and throughout Connecticut, with the exception of southeastern Connecticut near Groton where air quality is expected to be moderate.
Ground level ozone, the main ingredient of smog, is unhealthy when average concentrations go above .08 parts per million over an eight-hour period. So far this summer there have been eight days when ozone monitors in New England have recorded concentrations above this level.
Poor air quality affects everyone, but some people are particularly sensitive to ozone, including children and adults who are active outdoors, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma.