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DEQ urges steps to reduce ozone air pollution

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago May 04, 2013 May 4, 2013 Saturday, May 04 2013 May 04, 2013 11:55 AM in News
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - With the weather warming and the formation of ozone air pollution more likely, the state Department of Environmental Quality is asking people to take steps to help reduce it.

Ozone forms when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds combine in the air during hot and sunny days. When there is little wind to disperse the formed ozone, the pollution can accumulate and cause health problems, especially for sensitive populations like children.

DEQ says ozone typically occurs most often between now and Sept. 30.

DEQ senior environmental scientist Michael Vince says there are a lot of private actions being taken that also help reduce ozone. For example, he told The Advocate, areas that are putting in compressed natural gas fueling stations would likely see reductions in emissions from vehicles.

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