March 2, 2010
ORCAA Recognizes KING 5 Weather Team for Exceptional Air Quality Coverage
Meteorologists' Burn Ban Alerts Lauded by Government Agency Charged With Reducing Air Pollution
Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner "Extraordinary"
Seattle, WA - The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) - the agency charged with reducing air pollution in Western Washington - is calling this winter's work by KING 5 Chief Meteorologist Jeff Renner and the KING 5 Weather team exceptional in helping protect and improve air quality. The agency has issued a resolution that commends KING 5 for improving public health through education and information sharing of air pollution issues.
Because of weather conditions, ORCAA issued numerous burn bans in counties across Western Washington. In the agency's February 10th resolution, they cited the necessity of public awareness in reducing air pollution levels. The KING 5 meteorologists were commended for including air quality updates and burn bans in their daily newscasts and ORCAA singled out Jeff Renner's efforts as extraordinary.
"Jeff and everyone on his team recognize the importance of monitoring air quality levels where we live. It's a public health issue," said Pat Costello, Vice President and KING 5 Station Manager. "Having ORCAA single out KING 5 for exceptional weather coverage and stagnant air conditions tells me we're doing our job as journalists."
ORCAA is a local government agency responsible for regulating and enforcing air quality in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific and Thurston counties. Organized in 1968, when the Clean Air Washington Act became law, ORCAA oversees federal, state and local air pollution standards. One representative from each of the six counties and representatives of Lacey, Olympia and Port Angeles comprise the board.
As Chief Meteorologist for KING 5 News and NWCN, Jeff Renner leads the largest broadcast weather team in the region with meteorologists Rich Marriott, Jim Guy, Don Carson and weather anchors Lisa Van Cise and Keisha Burns.
Jeff earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society in 2009, becoming the first local broadcaster in the Seattle market to achieve that honor.
He anchors KING 5 News at 5P, KING 5 News at 6:30P and KING 5 News at 11P and KING 5 News at 10P on KONG TV. Forecasts are also available on KING5.com/Weather and via KING5.com newsletters at KING5.com/Newsletters. Jeff's five-day Seattle area weather forecast is also available daily in the Seattle Times newspaper.
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