The City of Wichita monitors ambient air for the criteria pollutants ozone (ground-level), nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter in accordance with regulations set forth in the Clean Air Act.
The Wichita MSA is taking proactive steps to avoid exceeding the 8-hour ozone standard, set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and to protect the physical health of residents by participating in a voluntary EPA program called Ozone Advance. This collaborative effort between EPA, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Wichita MSA encourages effective reductions in ozone levels in order to ensure the protection of human health, attainment with the federal ozone standard, and resources are directed towards actions that address ozone precursors.
We appreciate your partnership with the City of Wichita as we strive to achieve better air quality for the region. Thank you for your commitment to the actions outlined in this plan.
Breathing poor air quality can
result in a number of health
effects and even lead to a variety
of respiratory illnesses.
Aside from health risks there are many economic repercussions if the City was to fall into a non-attainments designation.
Loss of federal
More stringent and
Loss of industry and
in and around the
More costly summer
designed to reduce