Navigation Links
Pennsylvania DEP, Lehigh Valley/Berks County Air Quality Partnership Urge Public Transit Use
Date:7/2/2009

BETHLEHEM, Pa., July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With gasoline prices again climbing, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Lehigh Valley/Berks County Air Quality Partnership said today that residents can save money and help avoid air quality action days by using mass transit.

"Public transportation offers a convenient, common-sense approach to reducing the smog-forming air pollution that can make it difficult for some people to breathe," said Keith Williams, partnership chair. "Also, with gasoline prices rising again during the summer driving months, opting for mass transit or carpooling makes economic sense, as well."

Ground-level ozone, a key component of smog, is formed when pollution from vehicles, industry, consumer products and power plants "bakes" in the hot, summer sun, making it difficult for some people to breathe. Particulate matter, which is airborne dust or small soot particles, can also cause health problems for children or the elderly with respiratory problems, as well as the general population.

The goals of the Lehigh Valley/Berks County Air Quality Partnership are to increase the public's understanding on the impact of air pollution, provide alerts on days with high air pollution, provide health effects information and guidelines to prevent or reduce exposure, and encourage voluntary actions to reduce air pollution emissions, especially on ozone action days, or days when the air is expected to be unhealthy to breathe.

The partnership, in conjunction with local media such as WFMZ-TV, disseminates information when action days are forecast for the region. Using DEP meteorological data, the partnership informs people about the predicted ozone levels and any precautions that need to be taken.

In addition, the partnership and DEP are releasing daily forecasts on air pollution caused by particulate matter, commonly called PM 2.5.

The Lehigh Valley/Berks County Air Quality Partnership is a coalition of individuals, businesses, governments and community groups that educates the public about the dangers of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, and encourages people to take voluntary actions to reduce their contributions to air pollution.

"We appreciate the assistance and cooperation from partnership members, the Lehigh/Northampton Transportation Authority, WFMZ-TV and the residents of the Lehigh Valley in our combined efforts to improve the air quality and respiratory health in the region," said Williams.

For additional information on air quality issues, visit the department's Web site at www.depweb.state.pa.us, DEP Keyword: "Air Quality," or go directly to the partnership's homepage at http://www.dep.state.pa.us/aq_apps/aqpartners/default.asp. The partnership has also developed a Web site for detailed activities and cross links to other air quality related sites at www.lvbcair.org.

    CONTACT:  Mark Carmon
    (570) 826-2511


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Recoveries Secured by Philadelphia Personal Injury Law Firm Feldman Shepherd Rank among Top 50 in Pennsylvania and Top 100 in U.S.
2. The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Seeks Breast Cancer Survivors Throughout Pennsylvania
3. Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Ceremonially Signs Four Health Care Bills That Will Reduce Costs, Improve Access and Quality
4. Pennsylvania Department of Health Workshops Will Help Businesses Prepare for Flu Pandemic
5. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Releases June Advisory
6. The National Council on Aging and CVS/pharmacy Educate Pennsylvania Seniors on Medication Management and How to Save Money on Prescription Drugs
7. Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Urges General Assembly to Support Childrens Health Insurance Program
8. Pennsylvania Department of Health Receives Recovery Funds for New Healthy Homes Program
9. Pennsylvania Department of Health Applauds New Federal Anti-Tobacco Law
10. Three Attorneys from Philadelphia's Galfand Berger Honored as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
11. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Hires Patient Safety Liaison (PSL) to Help Healthcare Facilities Implement Guidance
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/28/2016)... ... ... a year and a half of planning the Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference , ... Recovery Conference was held May 2 -4, 2016 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & ... explore the many pathways individuals use to get into and sustain their recovery. Pathways ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... More than a third of American adults are considered obese, ... has received increased attention in recent years, as an article published May ... loss, most people are familiar with the basic requirements of maintaining a healthy diet ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Two director-level employees of Horizon Blue ... Women and Industry (TWIN) 2016 honorees. The award recognizes businesswomen who excel in ... Geri Boone, Director of the MLTSS (Managed Long-Term Services and Supports) Program at Horizon ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... An influential resource amongst nurses and professionals in the health care world, ... of topics detailing why we appreciate nurses in so many different ways. From exclusive ... being in a major recession to one of the hottest growing professions in any ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... This campaign aims to ... which we as a society can control and change. , As nearly 795,000 Americans ... 40 seconds within the United States. Plus, with an estimated 129,000 of these people ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016  Granger Diagnostics today ... test for wounds and infections. This test ensures ... and select viruses. The test requires only a ... David G. Bostwick , MD, ... to facilitate wound healing: "We are excited to ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... 2016 ReportsnReports.com adds "Chronic ... that provides an overview on therapeutic pipeline of ... stages, therapeutics assessment by drug target, mechanism of ... type, along with latest updates, and featured news ... involved in the therapeutic development for Chronic Cough ...
(Date:5/24/2016)...   , Study met ... and superiority in , Excellent plus ... of the ascending colon   , ... B.V. today announced new positive data from the phase III MORA ... standard 2 litre PEG with ascorbate. The study met both primary ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: