Colorado is now forecasting ozone levels from June 1st to August 31st. When ozone levels are anticipated to be high, an Ozone Action Alert email will be sent to various people and groups, including industries, who have signed up to receive these alerts. The alerts cover a 24-hour period and are sent out 2 to 4 days in advance of the expected high ozone day to afford people time to adjust their planned activities. Some industries are taking active measures during these high ozone days to minimize the release of NOx and VOC to the atmosphere by not performing certain industrial activities such as meter testing, tank cleanings, well unloading, and well depressurization; not making non-essential trips to the field to minimize driving distances; and reminding employees of actions they can take at home such as carpooling, not idling in vehicles, fueling vehicles after sunset and stop fueling at the “click”, mowing the lawn in the evenings, using electric yard appliances, postpone painting or staining activities, etc.
You can find more information on the status of Colorado’s air and sign up to receive the ozone alerts here: www.simplestepsbetterair.org