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Anchorage issues unhealthy air advisory

By Associated Press 1:25 PM February 6, 2014

The city advises people with severe lung disease to stay indoors.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Airborne particles kicked up in Anchorage’s cold, dry weather are making the city’s air unhealthy.

The city’s Department of Health and Human Services for a second day has issued a health advisory because of concentrations of particulate.

Exposed sediment and material put down to enhance traction on roads and parking lots can easily get blown into the air under the current conditions.

Dust concentrations are highest along major roads during and after peak traffic.

The city advises people with heart and lung ailments such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema to avoid dusty areas.

The city advises people with severe lung disease to stay indoors.

Air quality updates for Anchorage, Eagle River and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are available on the Alaska Air Monitoring Network.

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Online: Anchorage Air Quality Program 

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