DEP issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for June 21 in Montco and surrounding areas

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone for Friday, June 21, in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. 

From their press release:

Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the middle 90s should create conditions for robust ozone development and formation into the code ORANGE range during the afternoon hours. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Index (AQI) provides standardized color codes for forecasting and reporting daily air quality. Green signifies good air quality; yellow means moderate air quality; orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for sensitive groups of people; and red warns of unhealthy pollution levels for all. 

An Air Quality Action Day is issued when the AQI is forecasted to be code orange or higher. On air quality action days, young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities. 

Residents and businesses within the Air Quality Action Day area(s) are strongly encouraged to voluntarily help reduce air pollution by: 

  • Conserving electricity by setting air conditioning to a higher temperature;
  • Combining errands to reduce vehicle trips;
  • Limiting engine idling; and
  • Refueling cars and trucks after dusk. 

For more information, visit DEP at, EPA’s AirNow website at or Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Air Quality Partnership at  

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