Ozone Watch Issued for West U Area Until Sunset

August 7, 2012

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued an Ozone Watch for the Greater Houston area, including Galveston and Brazoria counties.

The watch will remain in effect until after sunset Tuesday.

Atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone pollution within the watch area.

Elevated concentrations of ozone can act as a lung irritant. Individuals with chronic lung disease, such as asthma and emphysema, as well as the elderly and small children are particularly sensitive to ozone and should attempt to avoid exposure.

To avoid exposure, minimize exertion outdoors during the mid-day to early evening hours or stay indoors in an air conditioned area during this time.

Ozone reaching excessive levels at any site in the area may move to or from other sites within the area, depending on wind direction and other factors.

Excessive ozone levels may linger until sunset.

Ozone warnings will be issued if air pollution levels are detected at unhealthy levels.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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