Friday Fact

From the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s “Friday Facts.”

– Beware the prognosticators: With temperatures soaring, Georgians are urged to stay inside on Smog Alert days – those “Code Orange” and “Code Red” days. A “Smog Alert” does not necessarily mean federal air quality standards were exceeded that day. As of Thursday, Atlanta exceeded federal air quality standards 15 times in 2007. Thirteen “Code Orange” days were forecast May through July; 15 actually happened but just four occurred on the days they were predicted. Two Code Red days were forecast during that same period; nine occurred. The Code Red forecast was correct once: on June 23. To top it all, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, warns that “a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”


  1. Southerner says:

    I’ve always thought that this “stay in the house” business was a ploy by the authorities so that there wouldn’t be all these dead bodies lying around…instead, people will die in their beds, all neat and tidy.

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