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Ozone Summit coming June 4

Air quality experts, doctors and concerned parents will come together in two weeks for the Sierra Ozone Summit.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 4 at the Gold Miners Inn – Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. The summit costs $25 and includes lunch.

A week ago, Nevada County’s ozone levels reached unhealthy for sensitive groups, according to the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District.

Temperatures soared last weekend, but winds kept ozone levels safe, said Shaun McCloud, air pollution information specialist for the air district.

Last year, moderate summer temperatures kept air quality breathable, with record lows for ozone. Four days were considered unhealthy for everybody, McCloud said.

“Last year, we had a fairly mild summer. Pretty much everyone had low levels,” McCloud said.

Speakers at the upcoming summit include Deborah Jordan, air director for the U.S. EPA Region 9; Jack Broadbent, director of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; and Larry Greene, director of the Sacramento Air Quality Management District.

Panelists will discuss the health and economic impacts ozone has on a region. Most of Nevada County’s unhealthy ozone is generated from car exhaust in the Sacramento Valley during the hottest days of the year.

In it’s State of the Air report released this year, the American Lung Association gave Nevada County an “F” for its ozone levels from 2004 to 2006.

To register for the summit visit http://www.myairdistrict.com.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail lbrown@theunion.com or call 477-4231.

Know & Go

n What: Sierra Ozone Summit

n When: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 4

n Where: Gold Miners

Inn – Holiday Inn Express, 121 Bank St., Grass Valley

n Cost: $25 (includes lunch)

n To register:


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