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Ozone level harmful to our child

As parents of a 1-year-old, we are very concerned about the levels of ozone in our local air and especially the devastating effects it can have on our child’s lungs, such as asthma and more serious problems. The American Lung Association publishes much sobering information on this subject.

Most of our ozone is created in the Sacramento valley, where ultraviolet rays from the sun react with vehicle exhaust gases. According to the Sacramento Air Quality Board (www.sparetheair.com), the worst air day in the region so far this year was in Nevada County! This is an awful statistic for a place that so many of us treasure for its natural beauty.

We have become daily watchers of SAQB’s real-time ozone levels, and we restrict our time outdoors accordingly. We would like to see more local awareness of the ozone issues, better systems for alerting people to ozone levels and practical information for coping with it.

Our local leaders, government and media should help raise local awareness and help reduce the ozone levels in our air.

David Fallside and

Pamela Esmon

Nevada City

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