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High ozone levels prompt state DEC to issue air quality alert

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality alert for Western New York, in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Ozone levels will be above the maximum air quality index, reaching a value of 110.

State health department officials recommend that residents consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity. This will reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of pollution, such as the very young and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease, are encouraged to consider consulting their personal physician.

A toll-free air quality hotline can be called for the latest information on air quality. The number is 1 (800) 535 - 1345.