You might want to keep wearing your mask, and not because of COVID-19.
As of Friday, Colorado hit a record 19-day streak of high ozone alerts, with the state health department warning residents of dangerous air quality conditions and urging people to stay indoors and avoid driving. According to the Denver Post, ozone pollution along the Front Range reached levels 48% higher than the federal health limit
As I mentioned in my Friday newsletter, Colorado also missed its July 20 deadline to meet certain (lower) ozone levels.
All of this will likely result in the EPA changing Colorado’s air quality violator status from “serious” to “severe,” which will lead to new, stricter statewide anti-pollution restrictions
On top of all that, remember the Employee Trip Reduction Program I wrote about last week? Because of objections from the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser withdrew that proposal.
Bottom line: Colorado’s air is pretty bad right now, and if something doesn’t change, this may not be just a “bad summer” like I keep trying to convince myself... [Denver Post]
☀️ 🕶️ If you dare to venture outside, it’s going to be sunny with a high around 93 today and a 20% chance of storms after 1 p.m.
— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)