ALBANY -- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., have issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the NYC Metro, Long Island Region, Lower Hudson Valley Region, and Western Region regions of New York State for Monday, August 17, 2009.
The pollutant of concern is Ozone.
The advisory will be in effect from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
DEC and DOH issue Air Quality Health Advisories when DEC meteorologists predict levels of pollution, either ozone or fine particulate matter are expected to exceed an Air Quality Index (AQI) value of 100. The AQI was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale, with a higher AQI value leading to a greater health concern.
The western region includes the counties of Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany.