Create a Website Account - Manage notification subscriptions, save form progress and more.
Show All Answers
High ozone levels may cause the region to exceed the national ozone limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Exceeding the ozone limits would result in a "Non-Attainment" designation and could result in increased regulations and costs - in millions of dollars - to businesses and the community. Increased regulations can include:
In addition to financial impacts, high ozone levels present other risks. Breathing ground-level ozone can result in a number of health effects that are observed in segments of the population. Some of these effects can include:
Ozone occurs in two places within the Earth's atmosphere. The Ozone Layer is located 6-30 miles above the Earth's surface. This protective layer of ozone reduces the amount of harmful UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface.
Ground-level ozone, in the air we breathe, is the result of a chemical reaction, triggered by warm temperatures and sunlight. When Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) mix in the presence of sunlight, Ozone is formed.
Wichita and the surrounding MSA generate both NOx and VOC emissions due to our industry and way of life. Slight behavior changes can make a big difference in improving our air quality and avoiding high ozone levels.
Significant sources of VOCs are:
NOx are the result of: