- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Warmer weather is arriving in New England and federal regulators are urging residents to be mindful of the increased risk of ground-level ozone.

Curt Spalding, regional Environmental Protection Agency administrator, says air pollution is a significant public health issue, and that residents should pay attention to alerts.

Last October, the EPA lowered the ozone standard slightly, creating a more stringent standard. Air quality alerts are issued when the level is exceeded.

The number of alerts has been declining. Based on the new standard, New England had 118 unhealthy days in 1983, compared with 38 last year.

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