Ten North Texas counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise) are in nonattainment status for the pollutant ozone, which means the air quality is not as good as it should be. Heading into the height of ozone season, North Texans are encouraged to participate in Clean Air Action Day 2013, on June 21, in an effort to reduce congestion and ozone-causing pollution.
Sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Air North Texas event began four years ago as a way for individuals to recognize how much difference each person can make in air quality through simple choices. By pledging to execute at least one clean air action on the first Friday of summer, June 21, residents can contribute to the improvement of our air quality.
A clean air action is something an individual does not normally do, including parking the car for the day and carpooling, using mass transit, bicycling or walking, idling less, observing speed limits, making sure cars meet state emission and inspection standards and combining errands or using technology to work from home to minimize travel.
To monitor air pollution levels, visit nctcog.org/trans/air/ozone/current.asp. For more information on Clean Air Action Day, call 817-704-5639 or visit AirNorthTexas.org/cleanair.asp.