MassDEP Issues Air Quality Alert For 7 Mass. Counties Over Ozone Levels

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has issued an air quality advisory for Tuesday in seven Massachusetts counties because of expected elevated ozone levels.

The alert is effective from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.

During that time, ozone levels are expected to impact the air quality in eastern Hampden and Hampshire counties, southern Worcester County, central and southeastern Middlesex County, and Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk counties, according to MassDEP.

Officials say air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including people who suffer from heart or lung disease, such as asthma, older adults, children, teenagers, and people who are active outdoors.

MassDEP recommends people in sensitive groups to reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion, take more breaks, do less intense activities, follow asthma action plans, and keep quick relief medicine handy

Symptoms of ozone exposure include coughing, shortness of breath, congestion, and chest pain.

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