PRESS RELEASE | Air Quality Alerts for PM-10 in the Phoenix area | July 2019

Active Alerts

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for course particulate matter (PM-10) effective July 12, 2019 in the Phoenix area. PM-10 is made up of small particles found in dust. ADEQ recommends that people limit outdoor activity while the HPA is in effect, especially children and adults with respiratory problems.

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Health Impacts

People most vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution include children, older adults, adults exercising outdoors and people with heart or lung disease and those suffering from asthma and bronchitis. Exposure can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, cause or aggravate bronchitis or other lung disease and reduce the body’s ability to fight infection. Symptoms may include itchy eyes, nose, and throat, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain and upper respiratory issues. Long-term exposure is linked to premature death in people with heart or lung disease, nonfatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat and decreased lung function.

Please help reduce PM-10 by doing one or more of the following:

  • Avoid dirt roads.
  • Avoid the use of leaf blowers.
  • Ride transit, carpool or telework.
  • Eliminate all unnecessary driving and/or combine trips.
  • Employers and Travel Reduction Program Transportation Coordinators should activate their HPA Plans immediately.

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PM-10 Air Quality Alerts This Month

  • July 13 HPA

Background

High Pollution Advisory (HPA) | Notifies the public that the level of an air pollutant is forecast to exceed the federal health standard.

Health Watch (HW) | Notifies the public that the level of an air pollutant is forecast to approach the federal health standard.

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Contacts

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) | Provides hourly forecasts for air quality in certain areas of the state and issues HPAs or Health Watches when the appropriate conditions exist.

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Public Information Officer | 602-771-2215 (office) | 602-540-8072 (cell) | Email >

Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) | Regulatory agency for air quality in Maricopa County.

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Bob Huhn, Public Information Officer | 602-506-6713 (office) | 602-526-7307 (cell) | Email >

Valley Metro | Eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County.

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Susan Tierney, Communications Manager | 602-523-6004 (office) | Email >