Jan 25, 2016

O, no: Ozone levels elevated in presence of wildfire smoke

Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Atlanta, GA
Birmingham, AL
Kansas City, MO
USA
by
Anne Ju Manning
,
Phys.org

Wildfire smoke seems to elevate levels of ozone, a nasty air pollutant with proven adverse health effects. 

Across the U.S., ozone levels were higher on smoky days than on smoke-free days, according to the study led by Steven Brey, a graduate student working with Emily Fischer, assistant professor of atmospheric science in CSU's College of Engineering. According to Brey's analysis, a number of urban areas had smoke present during 10 percent to 20 percent of days when the standard Environmental Protection Agency ozone levels of 70 parts per billion (ppb) were exceeded. The EPA reset the ozone standard down from 75 ppb late last year, making it more stringent.