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City Of Wichita Issues First Ozone Alert Of The Year

Apr 10, 2017
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The city of Wichita has issued its first ozone alert of the year. The precautions and warnings are for Tuesday, April 11.

Current atmospheric conditions indicate high ozone levels.

Ozone is a harmful air pollutant. Heat and sunlight “bake” the emissions from vehicles, mowers, energy production and industries forming ozone.

High ozone levels are potentially unhealthy for youth, seniors, people with respiratory disease like asthma or emphysema, adults who spend prolonged time outdoors and others identified as members of sensitive groups.

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with a three-year plan to stay below federal ozone standards and improve air quality. The strategy was presented to City Council members at a workshop on Tuesday.

Kansas Imposes Burn Ban For The Month Of April

Apr 1, 2016
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A burn ban imposed by the State of Kansas will be in effect in Sedgwick County this month.

State law currently allows burning in agricultural and open settings throughout the year, with the exception of the month of April, in an effort to reduce ozone levels. Fire Marshall Brad Crisp says the restrictions ban everything except cooking outdoors on a grill.

“Folks are not allowed to burn yard waste; they’re not allowed to burn brush and limbs and trees like they typically could outside in a chiminea or an outside fire pit,” he says.

Wichita Prepares For Ozone Season

Mar 31, 2016
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The City of Wichita is preparing for ozone season, when air quality standards will be carefully monitored.

Ground-level ozone is a form of pollution that is caused by emissions from gas engines, as well as paints and solvents. When levels are high, it can be harmful to young children, people over the age of 65 and those with respiratory illnesses.

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City officials say Wichita is prepared for the stricter ozone levels set by the federal government last week. The new standard for ground-level ozone was reduced from 75 parts per billion to 70.

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The city of Wichita is implementing a new plan for the 2013 ozone season in an effort to reduce the impact on area ozone levels.

Sierra Club Irked At Ozone Monitor Shutdown

Apr 18, 2013
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The Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club says it's a mistake for the EPA to stop monitoring ozone pollution on the Konza Prairie, near Manhattan. Ozone concentrations there have been consistently higher than the level allowed under federal air quality standards.

The monitor four miles south of Manhattan has been collecting data since 2002. The EPA says their monitors operate at the discretion of the landowner.

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UPDATE:

The Sedgwick County Fire Department has lifted the temporary ban on open burning effective Monday.

Should ozone levels become elevated again, a ban may be reinstated by recommendation of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city of Wichita’s Environmental Services office.

 

On Friday the Wichita Fire Department announced an immediate burn ban on all current burn permits issued in the city limits of Wichita.