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Salt Lake, Logan to have worst air in the nation Wednesday

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Posted at 7:47 AM, Jan 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-21 09:47:42-05

SALT LAKE CITY — According to a national summary by the Environmental Protection Agency, Salt Lake City and Logan, UT will have the worst air quality in the United States on Wednesday.

Click here to see the summary.

The air quality is already considered “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” in parts of the state and conditions in some of those areas will worsen this week, according to a forecast by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

Air quality was listed as “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” in Cache, Davis, Salt Lake and Weber counties in the DEQ’s forecast for Tuesday.

Those sensitive groups include people with lung disease (such as asthma), children, older adults and people who are active outdoors. The DEQ recommends anyone who falls in those categories should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday shows even worse conditions for Cache, Davis and Salt Lake Counties. Those areas are expected to have “Unhealthy” air conditions.

In addition to the sensitive groups mentioned above, the Division of Air Quality recommends everyone else should limit prolonged outdoor exertion on “Unhealthy” days.