EPA: Air Around ‘Stump Dump’ Fire Unhealthy

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Air within a half mile radius of the Trafalgar Road fire in Bella Vista, previously referred to as “stump dump,” has been found to be unhealthy, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Arkansas Department of Health issued a news release Wednesday stating that the EPA monitored particulate matter of air in the half mile radius around the 8000 block of Trafalgar Road in Bella Vista.

“One of those readings has shown that air quality for partide pollution is in the ‘Unhealthy’ category,” the news release states.

Department of Health officials caution that everyone within a half mile radius of the 8000 block of Trafalgar Road should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. The news release lists examples of heavy exertion as running, playing or yardwork.

ADH stresses that the following types of people could be more sensitive to the particulate matter in the air around Trafalgar Road: those who suffer from breathing issues or lung diseases [such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder]; those with heart disease; pregnant women; infants and young children; teenagers; and older adults.

Click here for a live interactive map showing air quality.

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