'Spare the Air' alert issued for Wednesday


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a "Spare the Air" alert for Wednesday, warning of unhealthy pollution levels and

asking residents to take public transit.

Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district, said high temperatures and light winds are hurting air quality in the Bay Area this week.

District officials explained that car exhaust, industrial emissions and household chemicals contain volatile organic compounds that can combine with oxygen in the heat and create ground-level ozone.

"As hot weather returns to the Bay Area, it's important that residents continue to do their part to reduce pollution by carpooling, taking public transit, going easy on energy use and making other clean-air choices," Broadbent said in a statement.

Wednesday will be the region's eighth Spare the Air alert of the year, according to the district.


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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

Can someone please tell me why many local schools have Physical Education, including running, during these hot "Spare the Air" days? I was under the impression that we are supposed the stay inside as much as possible. My granddaughter is still being made to run a mile during PE outside.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Agreed. Many of the primary and middle schools in our area have little shade. It's hard to really get at anyone who will say "yes, I am responsible for this stupidity". If parents pull their kids out of school for that hour (er... 45 minutes, as nothing whatsoever lasts an hour at school these rushed days), it would send a message, but not everyone can do this due to pesky jobs & the like. And bringing up the issue with the brain dead PTA soccer moms seems to be a lost cause.

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