Oregon is part of a $1.85 billion settlement with a national student loan servicer, state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced on Thursday.
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL MONDAY MORNING... The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for southern Oregon due to stagnant air conditions trapping smoke and other air pollutants near the ground where people breathe. The following areas are affected: Valleys in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake until at least Monday morning. Check current air quality conditions and advisories on DEQs Air Quality Index or by downloading the OregonAIR on your app on your smartphone. Check your local county health and air agencies to see if theyve issued wood burning restrictions limiting the use of wood stoves, fireplaces and outdoor burning. There are often exceptions for those who use wood exclusively to heat their homes and those with limited income. Check with your local heath or air agency for current restrictions. People can take the following precautions to protect their health: Follow local burn restrictions to prevent deteriorating air quality. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity and recreation. People with heart or lung problems and young children are especially vulnerable. These people should stay indoors while particulate levels are high. Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected. For additional information...please visit the web site at http://www.oregon.gov/deq
...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST TUESDAY... * WHAT...Poor air quality expected. Stagnant conditions will trap smoke and other air pollutants near the ground where people breathe. * WHERE...Valleys in Douglas, eastern Curry, Josephine and Jackson Counties. This includes the Umpqua Basin, Rogue Valley, Applegate Valley and Illinois Valley. * WHEN...Until 10 AM PST Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Air stagnation is likely to result in diminishing air quality with time, especially in and near areas with significant sources of air pollution. Diminished air quality is likely to cause health issues for people with respiratory problems if precautions are not taken. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Some areas may see less stagnation on Tuesday compared to today and Monday. * View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?wfo=mfr PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... People with respiratory illness should follow their physician's advice for dealing with diminished air quality. N95 masks are effective at filtering out the majority of harmful air particulates. State air quality agencies highly recommend that no outdoor burning occur and that residential wood burning devices be limited as much as possible. According to state air quality agencies, prolonged periods of stagnant air can hold pollutants close to the ground where people live and breathe. Check with your local burn agency for any current restrictions in your area. &&