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Air Quality

 Staff contact: Chris Upchurch |​​​

Air Quality in the WAMPO Region

​​​Just a few years ago the Wichita region was in danger of violating federal standards for ozone pollution, potentially causing us to be designated as a non-attainment area. However, since the early part of the decade ozone levels in the WAMPO region have declined from around 75 parts per billion (ppb) to around 65 ppb.

Even though the federal government made the standard stricter, lowering it from 75 ppb to 70 ppb, this decrease in ozone levels means that the region is in compliance with the standard. We are likely to remain in compliance unless emissions rise significantly or the federal standard is tightened again.

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Ozone Fact Sheet

Ozone 101

Air Quality Improvement Task Force

The regional Air Quality Improvement Task Force is a voluntary group of people from businesses and government that implement programs to protect and improve the air quality in the Wichita metro region.

Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalition​

EPA Air Science Research

National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Air