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Posted: Monday, August 22, 2011 4:11 pm | Updated: 7:06 am, Tue Aug 23, 2011.

Residents and business people from Lodi to Bakersfield will be asked to reduce their driving and carpooling because air has become stagnant enough to warrant an “air alert.”

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says the air alert will be in effect today through Sunday in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties, and portions of Kern County.

The air alert was called because the Central Valley is experiencing a higher emissions load due to high temperatures and stagnant air, according to a news release by the air pollution control district. High ozone levels put the Valley at risk for exceeding health-based ozone standards that, in turn, trigger federal monetary penalties.

Air pollution officials recommend that residents:

  • Avoid idling when dropping off and picking up their children at school.
  • Carpool.
  • Refrain from using drive-through services.

The district encourages businesses and local government to:

  • Shift operations, such as lawn care, to early morning or late evening.
  • Offer flexible work schedules.
  • Promote carpools and vanpools for employees
  • Telecommute.

In Sacramento County, Monday’s air pollution level was listed as “moderate,” but it is scheduled to be unhealthy for sensitive groups today.

For more information about air alerts, visit www.tinyurl.com/3uqrxjk. To sign up for a free subscription to the air alert email notification system, visit www.tinyurl.com/3gxmrqv.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Josh Morgan posted at 10:58 am on Tue, Aug 23, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Did anyone else see on the news last night that the Air Quality Board has fined the San Joaquin Valley $29,000,000 for not meeting certain air quality standards? The cost will be passed on by charging an additional $12 on every vehicle registration.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 4:30 pm on Mon, Aug 22, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    Did my part, was out running errands on my 4-wheel bike today. Better than a cup of coffee in the morning. Just wish the kids practices weren't the same time the same day at different fields, I'd take my bike if I could figure out how to pick them both up at two different fields at the same time.



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