Code Orange air quality action day declared for York County

Staff report
Diesel trucks are one source of small-particle pollution, which tends to gather overnight and creates a foggy-looking haze that settles in areas. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

With high temperatures and sunny skies in the forecast, York County will have a Code Orange air quality action day on Wednesday.

High concentrations of ozone throughout the Susquehanna Valley will potentially cause breathing problems for sensitive groups, including children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases, and the elderly.

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The high for York on Wednesday will be 95, tying a record, and the day will be sunny, according to AccuWeather. Those conditions will push ozone levels to the orange level, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Another Code Orange day is possible on Thursday, when conditions are expected to be much the same.

Residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to voluntarily help reduce air pollution by:

  • Setting air conditioning to higher temperatures to conserve energy
  • Reducing vehicle trips and limiting engine idling
  • Refueling vehicles after dusk.