Air Quality Alert Issued for Area Wednesday
(Reading, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a code orange air quality alert Wednesday for The Lehigh Valley/Berks County area. The orange-category alert means that maximum ozone concentrations are expected to reach levels that pose a health risk. Ground-level ozone is an air contaminant which can cause breathing difficulties for children, older adults, as well as persons with respiratory problems. Reducing outdoor physical activity is recommended. Telecommuting, carpooling, and using public transit are also recommended to cut down on dangerous pollutants in the air.