February 18, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Strong Winds Bring Unhealthy Air to Springfield

The MSU monitoring site PM2.5 level reached the orange level at approximately 7:30 this morning. This is above the standard at 35 micrograms/cubic meter.

Particle pollution, especially fine particles, contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small they can get deep into the lungs and cause serious health problems. Multiple scientific studies have linked particle pollution exposure to a variety of problems, including:

When the levels are at orange, the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups. People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are most likely to be affected and should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

People who are healthy may also experience temporary symptoms from exposure to elevated levels of particle pollution. For more information, visit www.airnow.gov.

A strong northwest wind has been blowing up fugitive dust and smoke emissions at the orange level PM2.5 in Kansas City this morning as well.

Media Contact:  Jaci McReynolds, Public Information Administrator, Office: 417-874-1205, Cell: 417-830-9511

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