Ohio Environmental Council, April 8, 2013
The official season for ozone pollution (smog) in Ohio runs April 1 through October.
“What you can’t see can very much hurt or kill you. Don’t be a fool when it comes to ozone pollution prevention awareness,” says David R. Celebrezze, director of air and water special projects at the Ohio Environmental Council. “Despite much progress, we must strive to make improvements in our air quality.”
Ozone pollution is formed when volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides cook in the long, hot days of summer. Sources of NOx and VOCs include factories, power plants, foundries, cars, trucks, and buses.
According to medical researchers, ozone can:
Smog has an impact on our environment. According to the U.S. EPA, ozone clouds natural vistas, interrupts plant processes, and have the same respiratory impacts on wildlife as on humans. Smog can decrease the species diversity and change nutrient makeup in water cycles.
Those most at risk include:
There are steps that the individual can do to limit their exposure to harmful ozone pollution.
Local governments should:
State government should: