Mayor urges Wichitans to take action on ozone

With the annual ozone season starting on Friday, Mayor Jeff Longwell said new federal guidelines designed to protect air quality will require citizens and businesses to work together to develop action plans, reduce emissions, and avoid millions in federal penalties.

“It’s important for citizens to help reduce emissions and for businesses to collaborate with local government and other regional stakeholders on ozone action plans,” Longwell said on Thursday morning during his weekly news briefing at City Hall.

Longwell added that exceeding the National Ambient Air Quality Standard, which is set by the Environmental Protection Agency, could result in increased regulations and cost the region tens of millions of dollars.

(Read more: KSN-TV)

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