Sunday, November 25, 2007

Arizona Takes Action

In Arizona, some action on pollution warnings. Wish we had something like this to put an end to the leaf blowers.

Ariz. provides high-pollution alerts via text-messaging

Corinne Purtill
The Arizona Republic
Valley dwellers know the days: Lungs gasping, eyes wincing, air thick with pollution. They're high-pollution advisory days, when health officials warn against outdoor activities.

They also are the days some pollution-making activities are banned.

To alert those worried about the health effects and those who might cause pollution, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is offering text-message alerts for days when pollution levels are expected to surpass health limits.

Those who subscribe to the free service will get a text message by midafternoon the day before pollution is expected.

The message service is available to anyone but is aimed at landscapers, construction workers and others who may need to adjust their work activities on days when weather conditions could trap pollutants, said Mark Shaffer, a DEQ spokesman.

On high-pollution days, the state bans the use of off-road vehicles and the operation of leaf blowers by public employees.

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