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Albuquerque issues health alert for ozone

The City of Albuquerque’s Air Quality Program has issued a health alert due to high measurements of ground-level ozone. Residents with respiratory problems should limit outdoor activity.

The alert expires at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

This is the third ozone health alert issued for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County this year.

Ground-level ozone forms when volatile organic compounds react with nitrogen oxide in sunlight. The pollutant can worsen breathing problems like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.

Chemicals that fuel the creation of ozone are concentrated near industrial areas and are found in vehicle emissions.

The New Mexico Environment Department said Thursday that “concerning levels” of ozone in the state have prompted the need for a statewide Ozone Attainment Initiative.

 

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