TODAY IS AN OZONE ACTION DAY
The weather is predicted to be warm and humid for today, so the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has declared today as an action day for elevated levels of ozone, with air pollutants expected to be in the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range. People and businesses are urged to avoid activities which lead to ozone formation, including refueling vehicles or topping off when refueling, using gasoline powered lawn equipment, and using charcoal lighter fluid. Positive activities include car pooling, biking to work, and delaying or combining errands. It's recommended that active children and adults, as well as persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, limit prolonged outdoor exertion. Officials say similar conditions are possible for Wednesday. Today marks only the second Ozone Action Day of the year for this area. There were 21 Ozone Action Days last year.