Ask the Experts: Advice About Air Quality Advisories

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Q. What does it mean when an Air Quality Advisory is issued? An Air Quality Advisory is issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and local air-quality agencies when the outdoor air in your area is unhealthy. These agencies rely on a tool called the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is a measure of the […]

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