Bay Area Air Quality Management District Issues Spare the Air Alert for Smog

June 18, 2017 10:00 am · 10 comments

(by Janis Mara) – A Spare the Air alert for smog has been issued for today, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.

Offshore winds in the morning, switching to light onshore winds in the afternoon, are expected to create unhealthy ozone levels in parts of the East Bay and Santa Clara Valley, air district officials said.

“Hot temperatures and traffic exhaust are expected to cause hazy skies and unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area this weekend,” Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District, said in a statement. “To
reduce air pollution, try carpooling or taking transit to get around this weekend instead of driving alone.”

This is the third Spare the Air alert for smog in 2017.

Spare the Air Alerts are called when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels. Ozone, or smog, can cause throat irritation, congestion and chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema.

Ozone pollution is particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions, the air district said.

1 Mr. fixit June 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Gee, what took them so long? Probably delayed on BART going to the spare the air day meeting.

2 Cellophane June 18, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Nobody says “smog” here.

3 Chicken Little June 18, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Ozone is not smog.

4 JB Hater June 18, 2017 at 2:56 PM

Jack Broadbent has speaketh and we must obey.

5 Clayton Squirrel June 18, 2017 at 4:14 PM

I’m looking forward to the hydrogen fuel station opening up in San Ramon shortly. Toyota and Honda both have new cars that run on hydrogen fuel and emit only water vapor as exhaust. You can drive those cars without adding to the pollution on a stagnant, poor air quality day.

In the future I can’t wait to have a house with solar panel roof shingles. Elon Musk introduced some good looking ones a while ago. I’m sure the price will become more affordable and the efficiency will be improved. Energy independence is a good thing. Dependence on oil and other smoky fuels will slowly become an outdated thing of the past. Can you believe that whale oil used to be the big energy source for lighting?

6 GRX June 18, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Grilling meats n veggies this evening.

BAAQMD be damned.

7 Shoulda Coulda June 18, 2017 at 8:44 PM

@ Chicken Little

You are wrong.
Smog is a mixture of air pollutants, nitrogen oxides
and volatile organic compounds that combine with
sunlight to form OZONE. That’s the stuff that you
can smell and is burning your eyes like in good
old L.A.

8 Shoulda Coulda June 18, 2017 at 8:49 PM

@ Clayton Squirrel

Yes I believe you about whale oil being used
to light our homes. Things change but some
people are slow to accept it. I have a couple
old uncles that are still looking for jobs as
buffalo hunters.

9 No Thanks June 19, 2017 at 10:33 AM

I did a brisket yesterday!

10 Kirkwood June 19, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Squirrel – At present, a new roof can last up to 40 years, solar panels lose about 1% of their efficiency per year. Even though ads say you’re getting free electricity from the sky, you’re paying off $30K for your panels.
Musk has a way to go.

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