The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) posted an advisory on their website today warning Connecticut residents of pending poor air quality conditions on Wednesday, June 20th and Thursday, June 21st. Heightened amounts of ground-level ozone pollution are expected in Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties. This type of pollution is
“created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the presence of sunlight. Emissions from industrial facilities and electric utilities, motor vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents are some of the major sources of NOx and VOC.”
Last year a total of fourteen unhealthy air quality days were recorded in Connecticut. The advisory, which targets “Sensitive Groups” such as active children and adults with respiratory disease including asthma, warn residents of the possibility of uncomfortable breathing and similar respiratory symptoms. If current weather and air quality conditions remain, this will mark the second time this year that the state experienced an unhealthy air quality day (April 15th).
Finally, the DEEP recommends the following actions to help deal with the poor air quality conditions:
- Conserve electricity such as setting air conditioning units to 78 degrees
- Wait until 8 p.m. to use energy intensive appliances such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers
- Carpool or use public transportation when possible
- Re-fuel your cars after dusk and limit unnecessary idling
To keep track of Connecticut’s current air quality, please follow this link.