ozone action day http://michiganradio.org en Gale warnings, wildfire alert, and an "Ozone Action Day" http://michiganradio.org/post/gale-warnings-wildfire-alert-and-ozone-action-day <p>Warm weather, and high winds are stirring up the warnings around Michigan today.</p><p>We&#39;re expected to have unhealthy air, potential for wildfires, and roiling water in Lake Michigan.</p><p><strong>Air pollution</strong></p><p>Ground level ozone is expected to be higher in parts of southeast Michigan and western Michigan today. These areas are under an &quot;Ozone Action Day&quot; alert. Here are <a href="http://www.semcog.org/OzoneAction_Tips.aspx">tips from SEMCOG</a> on what to do on days like today.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 16:24:33 +0000 Mark Brush 7601 at http://michiganradio.org Gale warnings, wildfire alert, and an "Ozone Action Day" What do all the heat warnings, advisories, and watches mean? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-do-all-heat-warnings-advisories-and-watches-mean <p>Media outlets around the state want you to know... IT&#39;S HOT!!</p><p>They have several different ways of telling you it&#39;s hot.</p><p>There are heat advisories, warnings and watches, heat indices, and ozone action days.</p><p>But what do all these terms really mean?</p><p>Here&#39;s a breakdown of the terms you might be reading or hearing about. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:05:27 +0000 Mark Brush 3371 at http://michiganradio.org What do all the heat warnings, advisories, and watches mean? In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-122 <p><strong>Heat and sun cook up pollution today, close schools</strong></p><p>Temperatures across the southern part of the state are expected to be in the mid to upper 90s today.</p><p>In addition to heat related stress, the hot weather can also lead to more pollution.</p><p>The weather has led the <a href="http://www.deqmiair.org/actionday.cfm">Michigan Department of Environmental Quality</a> to post &quot;ozone action days&quot; for several cities in the southern part of the state including Ann Arbor, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Ludington.</p><p>Smokestack and tailpipe emissions and vapors from gas and chemicals can be turned into ozone pollution on days like today. People are urged to drive less, refrain from using gas-powered lawn equipment, and refuel cars and equipment at a later time.</p><p>Ozone pollution can cause chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion, and it can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.</p><p>The <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110608/METRO/106080390/1361/">Detroit News</a> reports that several schools in Detroit will be closed because of a lack of air conditioning in those buildings.</p><p><strong>Grayling Wildfires contained</strong></p><p>Wildfires burned near Grayling yesterday. Now state officials say the blaze has been contained. From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110608/NEWS06/110608005/Crews-contain-Grayling-wildfire-forced-evacuations?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A state spokeswoman says fire crews have fully contained a blaze that burned 750 to 800 acres of northern Michigan woodlands, destroyed or damaged a number of buildings and forced the evacuation of 100 homes.</p><p>Mary Dettloff is a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She tells The Associated Press Wednesday morning that the fire was 100 percent contained by midnight Tuesday and people who had been evacuated were permitted to return home.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Riders go to Lansing to support repeal of helmet law</strong></p><p>Michigan is one of twenty states with a motorcycle helmet law.</p><p>Advocates of repealing the law have been successful in the past at getting the legislature to pass repeals of the helmet law, but they ran into vetoes from former Governor Jennifer Granholm.</p><p>Now they&#39;re hoping Governor Snyder will be on their side.</p><p>Motorcycle riders are expected to hold a rally in Lansing today supporting a helmet law repeal.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/riders-and-legislators-work-repeal-michigans-motorcycle-helmet-law">MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta</a> spoke with a helmet law repeal advocate who said Michigan is losing out on a lot of tourism opportunities as riders avoid Michigan:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Every state surrounding Michigan allows adult choice and people do not come from those states to Michigan simply because we have a mandatory helmet law,&quot; said Jim Rhoades.</p></blockquote><p>Supporters of the helmet law say it cuts down on medical costs that are often passed onto others. The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110608/NEWS06/106080384/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> reports :</p><blockquote><p>Many medical and insurance organizations are lobbying to keep the current law, which they say reduces serious injuries and deaths in motorcycle accidents. Medical costs for riders injured without helmets are four times costlier than for those injured while wearing helmets, says the National Transportation Safety Board.</p></blockquote><p>Governor Snyder has not taken a side on this issue, but the Free Press reports Snyder &quot;has said he would support the change if other motorists didn&#39;t pay more as a result.&quot; Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:47:56 +0000 Mark Brush 2799 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Pollution levels high, Ozone Action Days declared in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/pollution-levels-high-ozone-action-days-declared-michigan <p>The sun and heat cooks up the pollution in Michigan.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.deqmiair.org/actionday.cfm">Michigan Department of Environmental Quality</a> says an &quot;Ozone Action Day&quot; has been declared in four Michigan cities today:</p><ul><li>Benton Harbor</li><li>Kalamazoo</li><li>Grand Rapids</li><li>Ludington</li></ul><p>And tomorrow, six cities will be have Ozone Action Days, as the heat is expected to stay with us.</p><ul><li>Ann Arbor</li><li>Benton Harbor</li><li>Detroit</li><li>Kalamazoo</li><li>Grand Rapids</li><li>Ludington</li></ul><p>Ground-level ozone pollution is formed on hot, sunny days when emissions from cars and trucks, industrial smokestacks, and vapors from gas and other chemicals are cooked into &quot;bad&quot; ozone.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.epa.gov/glo/basic.html">EPA</a> says the pollution can have serious health and environmental impacts:</p><blockquote><p>Breathing ozone, a primary component of smog, can trigger a variety of health problems including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion. It can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Ground-level ozone also can reduce lung function and inflame the linings of the lungs. Repeated exposure may permanently scar lung tissue.</p><p>Ground-level ozone also damages vegetation and ecosystems. In the United States alone, ozone is responsible for an estimated $500 million in reduced crop production each year.</p></blockquote><p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal">We&#39;re supposed to take action on an Ozone Action Day. The <a href="http://www.semcog.org/OzoneAction_Tips.aspx">Southeast Michigan Council of Governments</a> offers these tips on what to do when an Action Day is declared in your area:</p><ul><li style="line-height: normal;"><font class="text">Avoid refueling your vehicle. If you must refuel, fill up as late in the day as possible, preferably in the evening when the weather is cooler. Fumes released at the gas pump contribute to ozone formation.</font></li></ul><ul><li style="line-height: normal;"><font class="text">Delay mowing your lawn. Emissions from your lawn mower help form ozone.</font></li></ul><ul><li style="line-height: normal;"><font class="text">If you plan to barbeque, avoid using lighter fluid. Emissions from the fluid contribute to ozone formation.</font></li></ul><ul><li style="line-height: normal;"><font class="text">Take the bus, carpool, bike or walk. You&#39;ll reduce traffic congestion and air pollution as well as save money.</font> Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:06:06 +0000 Mark Brush 2790 at http://michiganradio.org Pollution levels high, Ozone Action Days declared in Michigan