PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH
Do Your Share for Clean Air
On June 1, the Air Quality Program held a joint press conference with the Texas Department of Transportation, the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization to ask our citizens to help reduce ozone pollution.
Ozone is a major health and environmental concern in the region during the summer because as temperatures increase so do ozone levels and the health risks associated with ozone pollution. New EPA ozone standards make it even more important this summer for our citizens to do their part to help reduce ozone. Reducing air pollution is critical for El Paso to be able to meet new federal air quality standards for ozone.
Ozone level measurements collected this summer by the Air Quality Program will be used to determine if El Paso meets federal regulations for ozone. The monitoring period runs from June 1 thru Sept. 16.
Ground-level ozone pollution is formed when emissions from everyday items combine with other pollutants and “cook” in the heat and sunlight. Sources of such emissions include local industry, gasoline-powered vehicles and lawn equipment, and household paints, stains and solvents.
You can help reduce ozone pollution by:
Driving less – walk when you can, group errands, ride Sun Metro or carpool
Mow the lawn after 5 p.m.or use earth-friendly lawn equipment.
Refuel your vehicle after 5 p.m.and do not overfill gas tanks when refueling.
Keep your vehicle regularly maintained.