A Different Way of Looking at Ozone

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Ozone, a tri-oxygenated molecule, is known to act as a shield to protect us from the sun’s harmful rays.  As this innocent molecule plummets to the lower elevations on its journey to our hometowns, it meets hydrocarbon vapors and oxides of nitrogen (bad company), is exposed to sunlight and temperature (bad influence), and becomes a culprit and villain named photochemical smog or bad ozone. Unfortunately, bad ozone is a frequent visitor in many parts of the country, and in many cases takes residence in some favorite localities, such as some areas of Texas.
Any area that meets the national primary or secondary ambient air quality standard for ozone is referred to as attainment area. Any geographical area that does not meet the national primary or secondary ambient air quality standard for ozone is referred to as nonattainment area. A geographical area could be designated as nonattainment for ozone while being in attainment for other pollutants.

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