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Air quality deteriorates | Preston Citizen

Air quality deteriorates

January 9, 2013


Assistant editor

Air pollution levels in Franklin County have started to deteriorate Monday due to a lengthy temperature inversion that has trapped stagnant air at the surface and remains in effect.

The Department of Environmental Quality issued its very first air quality advisory for Franklin County on Dec. 31, which triggered wood-burning ordinances enacted by the county and several municipalities last year.

When pollution levels reach a point of being a problem for those with health issues a ban on wood burning is initiated. The woodstove burn ban applies to all areas of the county, according to Melissa Gibbs, airshed coordinator with DEQ, based in Pocatello.

River McKay escapes the inversion by going to the mountains east of Preston and playing in the snow with her family.

Gibbs told The Citizen the DEQ has been monitoring air quality in Franklin County and since the air advisory was issued air quality stayed in the moderate category until Monday, despite the stagnant air and cold temperatures.

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