Notice of Smog Advisory



    TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - Effective immediately, the Ontario Ministry of
the Environment has issued a Smog Advisory, until further notice for the
following forecast regions:

    
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    Barrie-Orillia-Midland                Niagara
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    City of Hamilton                      Oxford-Brant
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    City of Toronto                       Sarnia-Lambton
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    Dufferin-Innisfil                     Simcoe-Delhi-Norfolk
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    Dunnville-Caledonia-Haldimand         Waterloo-Wellington
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    Elgin                                 Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent
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    Halton-Peel                           York-Durham
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    London-Middlesex
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    A Smog Advisory is issued when there is a high probability for elevated
smog levels.
    Hot, hazy, and humid conditions combined with partly sunny skies and a
southerly flow of polluted air from the U.S. and local build-up of pollutants
are resulting in elevated smog levels 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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