Notice of Expanded Smog Advisory



    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Effective immediately, the Ministry of the
Environment is expanding its existing Smog Advisory to include the following
additional forecast regions:

    
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    City of Hamilton                        Halton-Peel
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    City of Toronto                         York-Durham
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    A Smog Advisory remains in effect for:

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    Elgin                                   Sarnia-Lambton
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    Huron-Perth                             Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent
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    London-Middlesex
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    The Smog Advisory for all of the above regions will be in effect until
further notice.
    A Smog Advisory is issued when there is a high probability for elevated
smog levels.
    Hot and sunny conditions combined with light and variable winds are
resulting in the build-up and transport of polluted air across parts of
southern Ontario.

    Smog is a hazy mix of pollutants made up of ground-level ozone, fine
particulate matter and other pollutants. During the summer months, more than
half of Ontario's smog-causing pollution originates in the United States. In
cooler months, domestic sources can be significant contributors to the
formation of fine particulate matter.

    The website www.airqualityontario.com contains a list of "spare the air"
actions (www.airqualityontario.com/science/spareair.cfm) to help combat smog
and minimize its effect on sensitive populations. If you want to learn more
about air quality, visit the Ministry of the Environment's website at
www.ontario.ca/environment.





For further information:

For further information: John Steele, Communications Branch, (416)
314-6666

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