Today May 24, 2012 marks the first Ozone Action day of the season. This is the first time since 1999 that an Ozone Action day has been called in May. It appears there could be many Ozone Action days this year with such an early start, so it’s important to practice good habits every day.
I am often asked if practicing these good habits really makes a difference. Many of us think of industry as creating most of the pollutants in Southeast Michigan. Why should individuals change their habits? The answer is that practicing good individual habits everyday does make a difference. Industry is well regulated and has greatly reduced its emissions. People, however, tend to pollute much more freely. Studies show that the combined activities of individuals regularly create nearly 50 percent of the pollutants that cause ground-level ozone. SEMCOG is currently conducting a brief survey that can help remind you of positive actions you can take, as well as provide better direction for marketing and promoting the Ozone Action program.
Visit SEMCOG’s Web site for more information on Ozone Action Days. Also, residents wishing to be added to SEMCOG’s Ozone Action e-mail notification list should send an e-mail to email@example.com; put “notification” in the subject line and include name, phone number, and e-mail in the body of the e-mail.
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