Air quality testing near Tampa shows highest level of VOC-created chemicals of anywhere along Gulf Coast — Borderline “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”


Ozone and Your Health, North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services:

You might be confused when you hear that ozone can be bad, because you've probably heard a great deal about the importance of the "ozone layer" and how it protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. This atmospheric ozone -- found 10 to 30 miles above the Earth's surface -- is good.

But, ozone at ground level is bad. Ozone is a reactive chemical. It has three oxygen atoms and that third oxygen atom is always ready to "react" with something. When that something is your airways, lungs, or eyes, it can hurt you.

How is ground level ozone created?

Three things are necessary to create ground level ozone --- volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and sunlight. Cars, power plants, industrial boilers, refineries, chemical plants and other sources emit VOC and NOx. Sunlight "cooks" VOC and NOx, creating ground level ozone.

Current Air Quality along the Gulf Coast, AirNow, September 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EDT:

Because of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the EPA is monitoring air quality in the region. The maps and charts below show current ozone and fine particulate Air Quality Index values at air quality monitors located along the Gulf coast. These maps and charts will be updated hourly to show the most recent conditions.

AirNow, EPA

4 comments to Air quality testing near Tampa shows highest level of VOC-created chemicals of anywhere along Gulf Coast — Borderline “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”

  • premurderedGOM

    and obama goes on vacation, again...... Ponder this for awhile: What will become of the people when they are too sick to work or function? Do you think this won't happen? Doctor's have already said that the chemical poisoning is nothing more than the flu, or as I was told "a summer cold". We will find ourselves homeless or in some kind of friggin camp! This mess hasn't even started yet. Wait until you see what happens in a couple of months.

  • Apparently, every THING, B.P. does to "Protect their shareholders", is becoming it's NEMESIS! I say, SO BE IT!

  • xdrfox

    According to the reports posted here in past and on the EPA, prolonged exposure will even affect healthy people health. With all the plumes out there slowing reaching the surface, it may very well be like this for years with just the VOC's not to mention all the oil as it hits the beaches, drys and microscopic pieces are blown in the winds everywhere to breath, touch, ingest. Much illness will be a direct cause of all these things.

  • Debbie

    People should worry about the diseases that happen later on in life from this BP oil spill. Like cancer for example. How are you going to prove it and how will you pay for all your medical bills. Oh wait a minute ... I forgot about Obama Health Care. Could you imagine the wait to see a Doctor ? All these people sick from all the BP posions/chemicals in the sand, water, air, and our food waiting and waiting to see a Doctor.

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