August 31 is an Ozone Action Day

SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, has announced that Tuesday, August 31, is an Ozone Action Day. This is the second day in a row that combines hot temperatures and widespread pollution levels enabling ground-level ozone to remain high.

The little things that we do on Ozone Action Days can positively impact air quality. Here are some things Southeast Michigan residents can do to help keep the air clean on Ozone Action Days:

  • Try not to refuel on Ozone Action days. If you need to refuel on an Ozone Action day, fill up in the evening when the weather is cooler and don’t “top off” the tank.
  • Reduce automobile use on Ozone Action days. Plan to car pool, use public transit or walk to work.
  • In these dry conditions, grass isn’t growing much, so choose the lawn chair over the lawn mower.
  • Additional information and tips are available online at www.semcog.org (look for Ozone Action under Hot Topics on the home page) or at (800) 66-33-AIR.
  • Residents can also request e-mail notification of Ozone Action Days. E-mail ozoneaction@semcog.org and put "Notification" in the subject line.

Thanks to citizen support and action, Southeast Michigan’s ozone level continues to decline. Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency officially declared Southeast Michigan in attainment of the national ozone standard. This is good news for residents and for economic development.

This is the fifth Ozone Action Day of the summer of 2010.

SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of local governmental units, including the City of Taylor, serving 4.8 million people in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan striving to enhance the region's quality of life.