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Air quality info straight to your inbox

January 23, 2009 |  6:11 pm

Smog shrouds downtown Los Angeles.

If instant air quality updates are crucial to you, there's now a service that will send frequent updates to your email inbox. The South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Environmental Protection Agency have teamed up to create EnviroFlash, a free service that provides constantly updated air quality information about your neighborhood.

It also provides tips for minimizing your own contribution to air pollution.

To participate, go to the EPA's EnviroFlash website and subscribe. You can be notified on a daily basis or only when air pollution reaches a peak.

Air quality readings and forecasts can still be obtained from the AQMD website, or by phoning the automated voice recording system at 1-800-288-7664.

--Stephanie Chang

Photo: Smog shrouds downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times