DEQ: Today is an Action Day for poor air quality

Today has been declared an Action Day for elevated levels of ozone - resulting in poor air quality - for several West Michigan counties, including Ottawa County. Pollutants are expected to be in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups' range on today, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The area affected also includes Muskegon, Kent, Allegan, Kalamazoo, Mason, Oceana and Van Buren counties.
Tribune Staff
Jul 20, 2011


People and businesses are urged to avoid activities which lead to ozone formation. These activities include refueling vehicles or topping off gas tanks when refueling, using gasoline-powered lawn equipment, and using charcoal lighter fluid.

Positive activities include car pooling, biking to work, delaying or combining errands, and using water-based paints.

It is recommended that active children and adults, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

For more information, visit the DEQ’s Air Quality Index page on at


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