Corbett Issues Proclamation Celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week
DEP Announces Start
of 2014 Ozone Forecasting Season
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued
a proclamation recognizing April 28 through May 2, 2014, as Air Quality Awareness
Week in Pennsylvania. This year marks the 9th anniversary of the first Air
Quality Awareness Week, which celebrates the importance of clean air and
learning about air quality.
person can make a positive impact on improving Pennsylvania’s air quality,”
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking Pennsylvanians to renew
their commitment to protect air quality and learn how air quality can impact
their health in honor of Air Quality Awareness Week.
environmental professionals are committed to studying and monitoring air
quality in Pennsylvania,” DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. “The data
DEP receives assists the department in formulating sound policies and guidance
as well as forecasting air quality so people can make informed decisions about
their outdoor activities.”
As a result
of air quality initiatives and measures aimed at reducing emissions, cumulative
air contaminant emissions across the state have continued to decline since
2008. In particular, sulfur dioxide emissions from electric generating units
have been reduced by approximately 73 percent. The emissions of nitrogen oxides
and particulate matter have also been reduced by approximately 23 percent and
46 percent, respectively, from this sector.
These reductions represent between
$14 billion and $37 billion of annual public health benefit, based on U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency methodologies.
quality is improving here in Pennsylvania and we can all do our part to help
preserve our environment for future generations,” Abruzzo said.
Air Quality Awareness Week, air quality partnerships across the state will hold
events teaching the public how to stay safe on air quality action days and how
to reduce air pollution. Each day of the week has a theme developed by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency:
- On Monday, come up with a plan
to reduce contribution to air pollution;
- On Tuesday, learn about how air
quality is important no matter what age;
- On Wednesday, pay attention to
air quality by learning about particle pollution and ozone;
- On Thursday, check out the air
quality index and use it before planning outdoor activities; and
- On Friday, find out about the
air quality before making a visit somewhere or taking a vacation.
Awareness Week begins the ozone forecasting season in Pennsylvania for 2014.
DEP makes air quality forecasts for fine particulate matter year-round and for
ozone in the spring and summer months.
forecasts, developed with local air quality partnerships, use a color-based air
quality index. Green signifies good; yellow means moderate; orange represents
pollution levels that could trigger health effects for sensitive people, such
as the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory ailments; and red
warns of pollution levels that could trigger health effects for all members of
forecasts are provided in conjunction with the Air Quality Partnership of the
Delaware Valley, the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership, the Lehigh
Valley/Berks Air Quality Partnership and the Susquehanna Valley Air Quality
Partnership. In addition, DEP forecasts for ozone in eight areas: Altoona,
Erie, Johnstown, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, State College and Williamsport cities
and Mercer and Indiana counties.
To sign up
to receive air quality forecasts via email, visit www.enviroflash.info.
information about air quality and to see Air Quality Awareness Week events
being held by partnerships throughout the state, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the “Air
Quality Awareness Week” banner.
Note: The text of
the proclamation is attached below.
April 28 to
May 2, 2014
Air is important for breathing and essential for the survival of human beings,
animals and plants; and
the well-being of our environment, as well as our health, comfort and standard
of living, depends upon air quality; and
two of the most common air pollutants are ozone and particle pollution which
can be harmful to the health of Pennsylvanians; and
are all stewards of air quality upon which future generations depend; and
dedicated environmental professionals study, monitor and assess daily air
quality in Pennsylvania; and
the Air Quality Index is a tool to inform the public of elevated air quality
levels and its impact to one’s health; and
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is striving to protect
our air quality and to provide for the health and safety of Pennsylvania’s
citizens through a cleaner environment.
I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do
proclaim April 28 to May 2, 2014, as Air Quality Awareness Week in
Pennsylvania and encourage all Pennsylvanians to learn how their daily habits
influence air quality and how they can further protect air quality in