Somewhere around half, maybe more, of the toxic soup we are now breathing is 
from power plants, more of which are proposed for Wisconsin.

The first link below is to submit comments to the PSC regarding their pending 
approval of more coal pollution, despite that fact that such approvals will 
make it theoretically impossible to meet the current governor's written goals 
regarding % renewable energy portfolio, and reductions in global warming 

Makes an intelligent observer wonder why he does not simply issue a moratorium 
on new coal plants, or he does not have Constitutional authority to do that, 
use high pollution episodes like the current on to advocate a coal moratorium 
before the legislature...

Instead, he wrote EPA asking them not to declare Dane and other counties in 
violation of particulate pollution standards - but clearly, we are.  Even 
though much of this often comes from other states upwind, there is much we can 
do in Dane County to thin the soup quite a bit - which is what some people on 
this list advocate.

A clean-air biker is a much happier biker!

Jeff Schimpff
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, WI
"Bus, Bike, Carpool to Work for Clean Air for Kids"

-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of George Perkins
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 3:32 PM
To: Dane County Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Subject: [Bikies] Air Quality Watch for Particle Pollution 9/23 - 9/24

Despite 9/22 being World Car Free day, we still got clobbered. 

From: Jim Powell (Madison Environmental Justice Organization)
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 3:09 PM
To: SustainDane
Subject: [SustainDane] Fwd: Air Quality Watch for Particle Pollution

Hi folks. 

1.    It's the first day of fall and we have our first air quality warning of 
the season (for particle pollution). See below.

2.    Once EPA finalizes in December the listing of Dane County as on 
"nonattainment" of federal air quality standards for particle pollution, plans 
for reducing particle pollution within Dane County will have to be developed.

3.    FYI: The Dane County Clean Air Coalition only issues it "Clean Air Action 
Days" for high ozone pollution, not particle pollution, so don't expect to see 
free rides on Metro announced!

-------- Original Message --------
Air Quality Watch for Particle Pollution
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 13:49:32 -0500
From: DNR Air Quality Report <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is issuing an Air Quality Watch 
for Particle Pollution for Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, 
Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and 
Waukesha counties effective midnight on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 through
11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 .
The watch is being issued because of the forecast for elevated levels of fine 
particles in the air. Fine particle pollution is composed of microscopic dust, 
soot, liquid droplets and smoke particles that are 2.5 microns or smaller. 
These fine particles come primarily from combustion sources, such as power 
plants, factories and other industrial sources, vehicle exhaust, and outdoor 
The Air Quality Index is forecast to reach the orange level, which is 
considered unhealthy for people in sensitive groups. People in those sensitive 
groups include those with heart or lung disease, asthma, older adults and 
children. When an air quality watch is issued, people in those groups are 
advised to reschedule or cut back on strenuous activities during the watch 
People with lung diseases such as asthma and bronchitis and heart disease 
should pay attention to cardiac symptoms like chest pain and shortness of 
breath or respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing and discomfort when 
taking a breath, and consult with their physician if they have concerns or are 
experiencing symptoms. Fine particle pollution deposits itself deep into the 
lungs and cannot easily be exhaled. People who are at risk are particularly 
vulnerable after several days of high particle pollution exposure.
To receive air quality advisories by e-mail, visit
There are several actions the public can take to reduce their contributions to 
this regional air quality problem.
* Reduce driving when possible and don't leave vehicle engines idling.
* Postpone activities that use small gasoline and diesel engines.
* Minimize outdoor wood fires.
* Conserve electricity.
* For more ideas on how you can reduce your emissions today and every day
visit: Do a little, save a lot!
For more information:
* Air Quality Watches and Advisories Status Web Site * Daily Air Quality 
Hotline - 1-866-324-5924 (1-866-DAILY AIR) * Federal interagency air quality 
web site, for information on the Air Quality Index and nationwide air quality 
forecasts and air quality conditions, * DNR's statewide air 
quality monitoring web page,
* For local DNR air management program contacts,
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