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.
- 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
In Sacramento County, Monday’s air pollution level was listed as “moderate,” but it is scheduled to be unhealthy for sensitive groups today.
Contact reporter Ross Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.