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Flags serve as alerts for air quality conditions

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A green flag went up in DeSoto County Thursday. Green because of the good air quality readings that were taken at a testing station in Hernando, Mississippi. A green flag went up in DeSoto County Thursday. Green because of the good air quality readings that were taken at a testing station in Hernando, Mississippi.
Flags will eventually go up in each city across DeSoto County to alert residents to change their routines on days when there is more pollution in the air. Flags will eventually go up in each city across DeSoto County to alert residents to change their routines on days when there is more pollution in the air.
HERNANDO, MS -

(WMC-TV) - It is no secret, air quality in the Mid-South is not all that great. But a group of residents in DeSoto County are stepping up to the plate to clean up the air in their own neighborhood.

A citizen led group is taking action to clean up the air in DeSoto County, and hopefully across the Mid-South.

A green flag went up in DeSoto County Thursday. Green because of the good air quality readings that were taken at a testing station in Hernando, Mississippi.

But on hot weather days and near busy roadways, colors and air quality can change very quickly.

"I have asthma. So I realize exactly when we have those red and yellows, it's hard for me to go outside," said Linda McCants, DeSoto County Ozone Action Committee, which is trying to achieve better ratings after being placed in the 'non-attainment' category by the Environmental Protection Agency along with Shelby County and Crittenden County.

Flags will eventually go up in each city across DeSoto County to alert residents to change their routines on days when there is more pollution in the air.

It is suggested that residents carpool, walk, or bike to work on the days when the air quality is poor.

At Thursday's meeting, the group also discussed planting more ozone friendly trees and spreading the word.

"I'm going to take some of that back and share it with my co-workers and with my church family and those kinds of people that really want to know," added McCants.

Cleaning up the air quality could pave the way for new business. Being in the non-attainment category places tougher restrictions on companies looking to set up shop.

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