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High Ozone Days Strike State

Posted July 17, 2001

— North Carolinians have suffered through 16 code red and code orange days so far this summer.

Details of air quality data released Tuesday show the Iredell County town of Mooresville had 13 unhealthy air days while the Raleigh area had six. Fayetteville had one day of unhealthy air.

Virginia McLean, a Wake County woman who has two daughters with asthma, says the number of high ozone days have made a difference in her summer.

"We read in magazines that Raleigh was one of the best places to live. We did not realize that it was one of the worst places to breathe," she says.

A proposal to require power plans to reduce emissions that would improve the air we breathe has passed the state Senate, but it is still being debated in a House committee.


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