One-Half of State Was Under Air Health Advisory Over Weekend - Air Quality Standards To Get Tougher Still

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) issued an advisory for particulates on Friday, December 23, 2005, covering the area south of a line from Rice Lake through Wausau and Green Bay to Kewaunee, and north of a line from La Crosse through Madison to Milwaukee. The advisory was issued because of persistent elevated levels of fine particles in the air, coming primarily from combustion sources, such as power plants, factories and other industrial sources, vehicle exhaust, and outdoor fires. Weather conditions contributing to the advisory were air stagnation, light winds and warmer air aloft, which trapped particle pollution near the ground. The advisory was in effect until noon, December 24th.


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