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- Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 15:03:34 -0400
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Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 14:24:47 -0400
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From: Pat Watson <watsonpe@MICHIGAN.GOV>
Subject: New DEQ Press Release - May 3, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2005
Contact: Robert McCann
"EnviroFlash" Expands to More Michigan Cities
(Air Quality Forecasts and Advisories Provided to Subscribers)
The Department of Environmental Quality is pleased to announce the
expansion of the EnviroFlash program, a service that provides air quality
index (AQI) information via computer e mail or mobile text messaging. This
information will allow individuals across Michigan to adjust daily
activities when poor air conditions are expected.
The service is now available to those living or working in and around
Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Grand
Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, and Traverse City. Detroit was one of five U.S.
pilot cities where EnviroFlash was first made available.
"Michigan is proud to be a front runner in offering this new service," said
DEQ Director Steven E. Chester. "EnviroFlash will help people make
informed decisions when planning daily activities in order to stay healthy."
Residents can enroll on-line and select the health level at which they want
to receive notices. Air quality is predicted for fine particle and
ground-level ozone pollution. "Action! Days" (air advisories) are included
"By participating in EnviroFlash and providing air quality information to
your residents, Detroit and other Michigan cities are setting an example we
hope others will follow," said Steve Page, Director of the Office of Air
Quality Planning & Standards at the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency. "Enviroflash helps people take steps to protect their health - and
it's available free to any city that wants to sign up."
Officials from The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the
Michigan roll out of the EnviroFlash program, which is now nationally
available in 100 cities across the nation, at a "World Asthma Day" event
organized by the city of Detroit Office of Health and
Wellness. Asthmatics fall into the "sensitive" population group and often
have a particular need to know when poor air quality is predicted.
"Thousands of Michigan citizens - especially those in sensitive populations
- will benefit greatly from this groundbreaking service," said Janet
Olszewski, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
"EnviroFlash's innovative use of technology provides timely, up-to-date
information for people with health conditions that are affected by air
While not everyone has access to a computer or text message phone, the DEQ
is working to partner with schools, businesses, local governments,
community centers, medical providers, newspapers, TV, radio stations,
faith-based organizations, and others to sign up for EnviroFlash and help
deliver AQI information to people they serve.
For details and to sign-up to receive EnviroFlash notices go to the DEQ
"Air" webpage at: www.michigan.gov/deqair.
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