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SCV air quality (cough, cough) down

It ranks ‘unhealthy for sensitive’ people

Posted: August 12, 2008 7:30 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.

The hazy days of summer persist, as the county continues to issue air-quality warnings.

The air quality Tuesday in Santa Clarita Valley was categorized as "unhealthy for sensitive individuals," according to information provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Today's forecast was a bit more promising, with the valley's air quality projected to be "moderate," according to the AQMD Web site.

The Air Quality Index rating, which is used by the district to forecast air quality, was 116 Tuesday, and is expected to be 97 today.

Locations posting an index rating of 151 or higher are designated "unhealthy," while locations with a rating between 101 and 150 are designated "unhealthy for sensitive groups."

Areas with a rating of 201 or more are designated "very unhealthy."

Officials advised anyone in the Santa Clarita Valley with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory disease to minimize outdoor activities throughout the day.

Also, children with sensitive conditions attending school or a summer camp today should not participate in any outdoor physical activity and are urged to stay indoors as much as possible.

Sensitive conditions include heart disease, asthma, other chronic respiratory diseases, according to the county Department of Public Health.


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