Notice of Expanded Smog Advisory



    TORONTO, Aug. 2 /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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    Barrie-Orillia-Midland            Parry Sound-Muskoka-Huntsville
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    Dufferin-Innisfil                 Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes
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    Grey-Bruce                        Waterloo-Wellington
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    A Smog Advisory remains in effect for:

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    Belleville-Quinte-Northumberland  London-Middlesex
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    City of Hamilton                  Niagara
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    City of Toronto                   Oxford-Brant
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    Dunnville-Caledonia-Haldimand     Sarnia-Lambton
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    Elgin                             Simcoe-Delhi-Norfolk
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    Halton-Peel                       Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent
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    Huron-Perth                       York-Durham
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    Kingston-Prince Edward
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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, sunny conditions combined with a southwesterly flow of polluted air
from the U.S. and local build-up of pollutants are resulting in high smog
levels across southern, and parts of central and 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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