Pollutants trigger ‘unhealthy’ air quality alert for much of Northeast Ohio

Pollutants trigger ‘unhealthy’ air quality alert for much of Northeast Ohio
Air quality alert in effect into Wednesday afternoon (Source: EPA)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued an “orange" unhealthy for sensitive groups air quality alert for part of Wednesday.

Wednesday’s alert pertains to active children and adults, as well as people with heart or lung diseases, including asthma.

Air quality alert in effect into Wednesday afternoon
Air quality alert in effect into Wednesday afternoon (Source: EPA)

Particle pollution, or “PM,” is the cause for the unhealthy air quality is a mixture of solid and liquid droplets produced from combustion that includes motor vehicle use, power plants, wood burning, forest fires, and industrial processes.

To help reduce pollution officials urge people to not idle their vehicles, use public transportation for short trips, refuel after dusk and use battery powered yard equipment.

The alert is in effect through 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties.

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