Smog Advisory Partially Lifted



    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - Effective immediately, the Ministry of the
Environment has lifted its Smog Advisory for the following forecast regions:

    
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    Barrie-Orillia-Midland                   London-Middlesex
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    City of Hamilton                         Niagara
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    City of Toronto                          Oxford-Brant
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    Dufferin-Innisfil                        Parry Sound-Muskoka-Huntsville
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    Dunnville-Caledonia-Haldimand            Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes
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    Elgin                                    Sarnia-Lambton
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    Grey-Bruce                               Simcoe-Delhi-Norfolk
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    Haliburton                               Waterloo-Wellington
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    Halton-Peel                              Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent
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    Huron-Perth                              York-Durham
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    Cloudiness and unsettled weather, ahead of a cold front that is expected
to move across the province overnight, are resulting in cleaner air in the air
quality forecast regions listed above.
    However, a Smog Advisory continues, and is in effect until further notice
for the following regions:

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    Belleville-Quinte-Northumberland         Kingston-Prince Edward
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    Hot, hazy, humid, and sunny conditions combined with a light
southwesterly flow of polluted air from the U.S. and local build-up of
pollutants are expected to result in elevated smog levels across parts of
eastern 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.ene.gov.on.ca.





For further information:

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

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