Bee Informed

So, what is ozone?

Ozone occurs in two places within Earth’s atmostphere: up high and nearby.

Ozone Infographic

Up High = Good

The ozone layer is located 6-30 miles above Earth’s surface. This protective layer of ozone reduces the amount of harmful UV radiation reaching Earth’s surface. We like the upper ozone layer and want to preserve it. This isn’t the ozone we’re talking about avoiding today. 

Nearby = Bad

Ground-level ozone, which is in the air with 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, ground-level ozone is formed, which is harmful to the environment and your health. Check out some everyday sources of NOx and VOCs in the list to the right. 

Ozone Infographic

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 to improve our air quality and eliminate ground-level ozone.

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) 

  • Automobiles
  • Trucks
  • Non-road vehicles like construction equipment, boats, etc. 
  • Industrial boilers
  • Cement kilns
  • Turbines
  • Power plants

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) 

  • Paints
  • Inks
  • Lacquers
  • Adhesives
  • Solvents
  • Metal part paintings
  • Plastic part coatings
  • Fabric coatings
  • Cabinet/countertop laminations
  • Furniture coatings
  • Printing presses
  • Screen printing units
  • Motor vehicle repair shops