Hillsborough County (Tampa Metro) issues air pollution advisoryPosted: 5:36 PM
- By: Gregg Burrage
The advisory became effective at 3:00 pm today, Tuesday, May 10, when ozone levels reached 66 PPB for an 8 hour average at the Simmons Park air monitoring station.
That average is forecasted to persist at a high level resulting in an eight hour average greater than the new standard of 75 ppb. A level of 76 PPB for an eight hour average translates to an Air Quality Index of 101. Air Quality Index values from 101 - 150 are considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.
The EPA says conditions which led to Tuesday's elevated levels are likely to persist through Wednesday evening, so the advisory will remain in effect until dusk tomorrow.
Individuals with pre-existing respiratory ailments, the elderly, or the very young may want to take this into consideration when planning any outside activities.
If you have any questions or need further information, call The Environmental Protection Commission, Air Management Division Tom Tamanini (813) 363-8815.
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