Utahns could soon have a new tool to help gauge the impact smog might have on their bodies during a run, a walk or any other activity.
Now in beta testing, the My Air app is being developed by John Yoon, who has been working on the concept with Steve Packham, a toxicologist with the Utah Division of Air Quality. Yoon said Wednesday on KUER-FM's RadioWest program that the online tool will probably be available for smartphones in September, before Utah's traditional winter smog season gets underway.
The idea is to help people know how much healthy outdoor activity they can enjoy, depending on real-time pollution levels, Yoon said. Ozone and particulate pollution levels are reported continuously on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AIRNow Web page and smartphone app, as well as the Utah Division of Air Quality Web page.