May 10, 2004

Quebec renews Info-Smog program for 11th straight year

MONTREAL, QUE-Quebec's Info-Smog program, covering the entire southern area of the province, has been renewed for the 11th consecutive year. The 2004 summer edition runs from May 3 to September 30. The smog forecasting service is run by Environment Canada, in co-operation with the Quebec ministries of Environment and of Health and Social Services, municipal public health departments, and Montreal's Environment Department. Info-Smog is designed to advise the public on smog levels in ambient air, particularly when they reach or may reach levels harmful to health and the environment. Levels are rated as good, fair or poor, based on the quantity of ozone (the main smog precursor) in the air. A warning is issued if a "poor" rating is forecast. The program also proposes actions the public can take to help improve air quality, such as the use of less polluting methods of transportation (public transit, car-pooling, bicycling, walking) and more environmentally friendly use of cars. The daily forecasts are available on the Internet at http://lavoieverte.qc.ec.gc.ca/atmos/smog.
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