Friday the 13th is an Ozone Action Day

SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, announces that Friday, August 13, is Ozone Action Day.

We are experiencing hot, humid weather, high temperatures, little wind and little chance of rain. These conditions enable ground-level ozone to remain high.

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 carpool, use public transit, walk or work at home.
  • Relax on Ozone Action days. 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 by calling (800) 66-33-AIR.
  • Residents also can request e-mail notification of Ozone Action days. E-mail ozoneaction@semcog.org and put "Notification" in the subject line.

August 13 is the second Ozone Action Day in this, the 17th year of the voluntary program that helps keep Southeast Michigan's air clean. The first Ozone Action Day of 2010 was on July 7.

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.

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.