Department of Environmental Management predicts air quality to reach unhealthy levels

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management predicted Thursday that the air quality will reach unhealthy levels Friday.

The air quality is expected to start from the afternoon and last into the evening.

An alert was sent out for Washington and Newport Counties because of higher ozone levels right along the immediate coastline. However, there’s only moderate ozone levels expected further inland.

Fine particles are expected to reach moderate levels statewide.

Ozone is a major element of smog and is formed from pollutants such as motor vehicles and other toxic gas.

People can decrease air pollution by limiting car travel, use of small engines and charcoal lighter fuels. Traveling by bus or carpool also helps.

The Rhode Island Department of health said unhealthy ozone levels can cause throat irritation, coughing, or chest pain, among other things.

For more information, visit their website.

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