MassDEP Air Quality Advisory: Impact Expected Across Eastern and Northeastern Counties in Massachusetts 

August 5, 2022

BOSTON — MassDEP has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Friday, August 5, 2022. The area of impact is expected to be accross Eastern and Northeastern Counties in Massachusetts. 

WHAT: Due to an expected increase in ozone levels tomorrow in eastern and northeastern areas of the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today is issuing an air quality alert effective from 11:00AM until 11:00PM on Friday, August 5, 2022, for eastern Norfolk and Essex counties, and all of Suffolk County. Air in these areas is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include people with heart or lung disease, such as asthma, older adults, children, teenagers, and people who are active outdoors. People with either lung disease or heart disease are at greater risk from exposure to ozone.

MassDEP is advising that people in sensitive groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion, take more breaks, do less intense activities, follow asthma action plans, and keep quick relief medicine handy. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.

More details are available, including forecasts and real-time data, at MassDEP’s MassAir Online site here.

WHEN: Effective from 11:00AM until 11:00PM tomorrow, August 5, 2022. 

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MassDEP’s mission is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth’s natural resources – air, water and land – to provide for the health, safety and welfare of all people, and a clean and safe environment for future generations. In carrying out this mission, MassDEP commits to address and advance environmental justice and equity for all people of the Commonwealth, provide meaningful, inclusive opportunities for people to participate in agency decisions that affect their lives and ensure a diverse workforce that reflects the communities served by the agency.