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AIR QUALITY `STOP LIGHTS’ MOVE TO WEATHER PAGE

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The Department of Environmental Quality's program of determining levels of pollution and air quality in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah and Weber counties has changed locations in the Deseret News.

Effective today, the "Red Light-Green Light" feature of the paper has been moved to the weather page (A12 in today's paper) from its usual position at the bottom of the B1 page. The page dedicated to weather will not always be the same.The program indicates when residents are able to use fireplaces, wood stoves and coal stoves during winter inversions, with graphics indicating green, yellow and red lights. The "stop lights" correspond for conditions when burning is allowed (G for green), when burning is discouraged (Y for yellow) and when burning is prohibited (R for red).

The state program is also designed to reduce PM10 pollution, or the fine particles that can lodge in the lungs and cause health problems. This graphic feature shows a sliding scale of particulates and carbon monoxide, ranging from a green "good" at the measurement "0," to a red "poor" at "200" on the scale.