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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware county has received a failing grade for its air quality for the 19th year in a row.

The Wilmington News reports the American Lung Association has found ozone pollution New Castle County has only gotten worse. A press release by the association says the levels of ozone in Delaware are putting residents at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other serious health issues.

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Breathing might be just a little easier in Kent and Sussex Counties.

The American Lung Association says in its annual report that they received an A for daily and annual particle pollution.

WBOC also reports overall they did improve from an F rating in 2015.

The report also looks at the number of days of pollution from ozone smog.

Lung Association believes that diesel exhaust and coal-fired generators is the cause of much of the pollution.

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The Christina School Board heard last night that there were still air-quality problems at the Pulaski Elementary School from the mold that was discovered there back in August.

Another round of tests was taken last week but the board decided not to close the school despite the continuing effects from the mold.

Board member Shirley Saffer wanted the school to be temporarily closed while the issue was resolved.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the board did approve a resolution to carry out a districtwide survey of the all 31 buildings for air quality.

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The Somerset County Planning Commission heard residents last night speak out about the impact of the large chicken operations near their developments.

The commission has proposed increasing the setbacks of 400 feet from residential areas for new operations.

And for larger chicken growers the setback would be even greater.

WBOC reports that many neighbors wanted greater emphasis on setbacks and buffers as well air quality and water runoff.

A decision by county officials could come as earlier as two week from now as they review the public comments.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources has issued a code yellow air quality-alert today.

That means it is unhealthful for those in sensitive categories like, the elderly, those with lung or heart conditions and those who are very young.

It is not recommend that anyone do strenuous outdoor activities.

This will be the fourth code orange day in the First state this summer

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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order that continues the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.

McAuliffe signed the order Tuesday in Hampton.

The program is a network of state agencies and local governments that's designed to protect the natural and economic assets in Virginia's coastal regions.

The Department of Environmental Quality serves as the lead agency for the program.

Code Orange in Delaware

Jul 17, 2013

Code Orange

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials have issued a "Code Orange" air quality warning for Delaware and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says ozone concentrations on Wednesday are expected to be unhealthful for sensitive people. Officials say outdoor activity should be limited for young children, the elderly, and those with heart or respiratory conditions.

Particulate concentrations are expected to rise, but remain in the moderate range.