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2002 News from Mecklenburg County
 

June 11, 2002  

REGIONAL AIR QUALITY COALITION
TO MEET IN MOORESVILLE 

OZONE LEVELS ON THE RISE IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY REGION

Charlotte, NC – Wednesday is expected to be a “Code Red” ozone action day in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.  That forecast comes as businesses, industry and government representatives prepare to meet to discuss air quality issues affecting the health and economy in the region.  

The Central Carolinas Regional Air Quality Coalition will meet on Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at the Mooresville Citizens Center, 125 North Street in Mooresville from 10:00am – 2:30pm.  At this Air Quality Forum, attendees will hear presentations on: 

·                  New standards for ozone and fine particulate matter

·                  Non-attainment designations

·                  Ozone forecasting and mapping

·                  Innovative air quality programs

·                  Integrated air quality project

·                  Health and environmental impacts from air pollution 

The Central Carolinas Air Quality Coalition is a part of the N.C. Air Awareness Program, a voluntary effort aimed at reducing ozone levels in North Carolina.  The Coalition includes more than 100 businesses, industries, private organizations, municipalities and government agencies all working together to help make a difference in the air we breathe.  The program helps curb ozone levels through air pollution forecasts, media alerts and notifications to participating members.  

Participants voluntarily agree to help reduce emissions of smog-forming pollutants on high ozone days by encouraging or offering incentives to their employees to car-pool, ride buses, bike or walk to work and lunch or take other actions that reduce driving or energy consumption.    

For more information on ozone and air quality call 704-336-5500 or visit the Web site at www.co.mecklenburg,nc.us/coenv.   



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