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Increased emissions from back-to-school traffic have prompted air pollution control officials to issue the season’s first Air Alert in the Valley air basin today and Tuesday.

Residents in Madera, Fresno, Merced, Kings, Tulare, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties are asked to prevent escalating ozone levels by reducing vehicle use — or at least refraining from idling when dropping off or picking up students, carpooling or refraining from using drive-thru services, officials say.

Businesses can help the air by offering flexible work schedules and promoting carpools for employees.

Air Alerts are called when the Valley experiences increased emissions, high temperatures and stagnant airflow that leads to ozone formation, according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District...


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