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Storm clears air: Pollution levels expected to rise midweek

January 17, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

Air pollution levels in Franklin County improved on Friday from the bad-to-good category because of a strong winter storm that pushed through the area. But how long the air stays good is questionable.

The stagnant, poor air people in Franklin County experienced last week improved dramatically on Friday morning. The storm system broke a temperature inversion that trapped polluted air at the surface, according to Melissa Gibbs, airshed coordinator with the Department of Environmental Quality.

“The air remained in the good category until Monday when it returned to moderate. We expect air quality to deteriorate midweek because of another strong, high pressure system that is developing,” she said.

The DEQ 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.

This story is sponsored by FCMC Home Health and Hospice.

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