Federal environmental officials are expecting the air quality to be unhealthy this weekend in
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and parts of Maine,
Vermont and New Hampshire.
Robert Varney, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional
administrator, says people should limit strenuous outdoor activity.
Exposure to smog can cause serious breathing problems, aggravate
asthma and other pre-existing lung diseases. Exposure also can make
people more susceptible to respiratory infection.
The EPA expects more air quality alerts this summer because it
has lowered the level of ground-level ozone – or smog – that
triggers a public warning.