Healthcare Cars drive on an eight lane expressway in Beijing on January 29,2013. Residents across northern China battled through choking pollution on January 29, as air quality levels rose above index limits in Beijing amid warnings that the smog may not clear until January 31.    AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

Published on July 28th, 2015 |

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‘Code Orange’ smog alert issued for metro Atlanta for Tuesday

Georgia Commute Options, a program of the Georgia Department of Transportation, Monday announced it has issued a Code Orange smog alert for Tuesday, meaning the air will be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

The Code Orange alert means the air is unhealthy for older adults, children and those who suffer from heart or lung conditions (including asthma). This is metro Atlanta’s third Code Orange for the 2015 smog season.

Smog alerts are color-coded based on the Air Quality Index which categorizes air quality in Green, Yellow, Orange, Red and Purple based on concentration of pollutants.

Georgia Commute Options provides smog alerts on days when there’s a forecast for air pollution to reach unhealthy concentration levels — Code Orange or higher. Metro Atlanta residents can subscribe to these at www.GaCommuteOptions.com.

In 2014, there were 11 smog alerts — nine Code Orange alerts and two Code Purple (very unhealthy) alerts.

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