DEP issues air quality alert for southwest coastal area of Maine

Posted Sept. 04, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 04, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for the southwest coastal area for Friday, the DEP said in a statement Thursday.

The DEP said ground-level ozone concentrations are expected to climb on Friday. The remainder of the coast and interior sections of the state can expect no higher than moderate levels of ozone.

At high ozone levels, people suffering from respiratory diseases can experience shortness of breath, coughing, throat irritation or an uncomfortable sensation in their chest.

People should avoid using aerosol products such as cleaners and paints and strenuous outdoor activity should be avoided.