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In the forecast: Air Quality outlooks for Metro Tucson

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TUCSON - Five day air quality forecasts are coming to the Old Pueblo.

Starting September 18th, this valuable service will be available to Metro Tucson. It's part of a collaborative effort between the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ).

“Providing a forecast several days in advance allows ample time to get the word out to people who might have health issues associated with elevated levels of air pollution, and provides enough time to arrange carpools and other transportation alternatives to reduce driving-related emissions", said PDEQ's Beth Gorman.

Motor vehicle use is the largest single source of air pollution in Pima County.

For ADEQ, this is the first time they have initiated air quality forecasts for a region attaining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards. 

“The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is proud to announce the launch of the new Tucson Area Air Quality Index (AQI) Forecast. This program is the result of the great partnership between ADEQ and the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality,” said ADEQ's Timothy Franquist.

“One of our key goals at ADEQ is to provide PDEQ with additional resources to assist them in their efforts to protect and enhance the health of Tucson area residents. The AQI forecasts will enable all Tucson area residents adequate time to make plans to protect their respiratory health and well-being,” Franquist explained.

Anyone interested in receiving the ADEQ air quality forecasts can sign up for texts and/or emails at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/AZDEQ/subscriber/new

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