Portland, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Washington Southwest Clean Air Agency issued an air quality advisory Wednesday for the Portland and Vancouver Metro areas.
While the air quality was in the healthy range at the time the advisory was issued, forecasters expect the air quality to diminish throughout the day.
In a press release the DEQ said, “DEQ expects ozone pollution to reach levels this afternoon that could be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, elderly people, pregnant women and people with medical conditions. Health officials recommend that sensitive groups limit outdoor activity when pollution levels are high.”
The air quality advisory extends through the end of today because rain and clouds are expected overnight.
DEQ urges residents to protect their health and limit activities that cause pollution. Recommendations include:
• Limit driving by using public transit, carpooling or other alternative transportation
• Avoid unnecessary engine idling
• Refuel vehicles during cooler evening hours
• Don’t use gas-powered lawnmowers or yard equipment
• Don’t paint or use aerosol sprays
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