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The Wichita area is again over the acceptable federal standards for ozone. This is the fourth week this summer that ozone levels have been above the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The city continues to urge residents to limit their driving and car pool if possible. Drivers are also urged to avoid idling their car and avoid congested traffic areas if they can. Residents should also wait until the evening to refuel their vehicles and avoid using gasoline-powered trimmers and leaf-blowers.
The high levels of ozone raise concerns about health problems for children, senior citizens, and people who have underlying lung diseases such as asthma. Unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, and increased susceptibility to respiratory infection.
If the city remains out of compliance with federal standards, there could also be stricter regulations that would bring more cost to local government and business and harm the local economy.