Tue, Jun 27th 2023 03:30 pm
Submitted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald issued an air quality health advisory for the Eastern Lake Ontario, Central New York and Western New York regions for Wednesday, June 28. Air quality is forecasted to reach “Unhealthy” Air Quality Index (AQI) levels in the Western New York Region.
Air quality is forecasted to reach “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” AQI levels on Wednesday in Central New York and Eastern Lake Ontario regions. See the chart here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/aqi/aqi_info.cfm.
The pollutant of concern is fine particulate matter. The advisory will be in effect from midnight through 11:59 p.m.
DEC and DOH issue air quality health advisories when DEC meteorologists predict levels of pollution, either ozone or fine particulate matter are expected to exceed an AQI value of 100. The AQI was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale, with a higher AQI value indicating a greater health concern. DEC and DOH issue air quality health advisories and corresponding guidelines based on 24-hour forecasts, although one-hour values may exceed forecast values in these regions.
Fine Particulate Matter
Fine particulate matter consists of tiny solid particles or liquid droplets in the air that are 2.5 microns or less in diameter. PM 2.5 can be made of many different types of particles and often come from processes that involve combustion (e.g., vehicle exhaust, power plants, fires), and from chemical reactions in the atmosphere.
Exposure can cause short-term health effects such as irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. Exposure to elevated levels of fine particulate matter can also worsen medical conditions such as