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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.