Air Quality Alerts Issued in R.I., Conn., Mass. - NECN

Air Quality Alerts Issued in R.I., Conn., Mass.



    (NECN: Scot Yount, Warwick, R.I.) - Rhode Island environmental officials have urged residents to curb their driving and take other steps to limit pollutants Saturday. The alert was also issued in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

    RIPTA buses were offering free air-conditioned rides to get lessen the pollutants entering the air on this humid weekend.

    Steamy conditions did not keep beachgoers inside at a Warwick beach, despite increased levels of ozone danger. State agencies determine the ozone danger by looking around a number of monitoring stations in each state. On Saturday, that level was deemed high in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

    The current level is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups -- children, some elderly and people with lung disease.

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