The Illinois Partners for Clean Air and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert for Tuesday (Aug. 20).
Air pollution levels in the Chicago Metropolitan area are expected to be at or above the “Orange” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category on the national Air Quality Index, according to a news release issued jointly by the Illinois Partners for Clean Air and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. If conditions are expected to continue, an additional Action Day Alert will be issued.
Current weather conditions and air quality monitoring data indicates ozone levels will be elevated, posing a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, especially individuals with respiratory disorders, including asthma, as well as active children and older adults. Sensitive individuals should take special precautions and follow their physician prescribed regimen.
Business and residents in the region are asked to take steps to reduce contributions to air pollution.