Ozone alerts are issued in regions where smog levels are considered to be dangerous to breathe, but new research shows that warnings have been issued needlessly in Ohio several times already this year.
Since January 2010, 15 ozone alerts have been issued for central Ohio, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Out of these warnings, 12 of them were false alarms. Although it seems better to be safe than sorry, inaccuracy spans across the board.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has failed to issue ozone alerts on 12 days when the air pollution levels were hazardous. In 2009, the commission only had a 25 percent success rate when it came to establishing alerts.
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