Air Pollution Health Advisory issued for Twin Cities

The Twin Cities area is currently under an Air Pollution Health Advisory, according to a statement released by University Vice President for Student Services Kathleen OâÄôBrien Wednesday morning. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) issued the advisory based on a forecast of rising of the air quality index to near a level that could be dangerous to âÄúsensitive groups.âÄù According to the MPCA, sensitive groups include âÄúpeople with heart or lung disease, the elderly, children and individuals that work or exercise vigorously for extended periods of time.âÄù The statement warns Twin Cities residents to âÄúreduce activities that lead to deep or accelerated breathingâÄù to avoid inhaling harmful particles. The advisory expires Thursday morning and includes the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Rochester and a large chunk of southern Minnesota. There was a similar warning issued for the Twin Cities in November. Check for updates.