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High Temps, Pollution, Produce Record Smog in Denver

posted on July 21, 2006

Colorado is suffering through a summer of smog.

With temperatures topping 100 degrees this month in Denver and elsewhere along the populous Front Range, routine activities like filling up at the gas station or mowing the lawn are releasing fumes into a perfect cauldron for creating ozone, a major component of smog.

Denver is on pace to eclipse the ozone-choked summer of 2003, the worst in 20 years, when the state issued 42 ozone alerts warning of unhealthy air. As of July 19 of this year, the state had issued 34 warnings.

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