Pollution Early Warning System Being Created

CLEVELAND (AP) - Several agencies in northeast Ohio are combining to create a warning system to let residents in seven counties know when soot in the air reaches unhealthy levels.

Researchers at Ohio University will use pollution readings, data on wind speed and direction and temperature forecasts to determine if an air quality forecast needs to be issued.

Updates will be posted on the group's Web site (www.noaca.org), and e-mail messages will be sent to people who sign up for the agency's notification system.

Counties covered by the warnings are Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit.