Report gives Wichita failing ozone grade

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WICHITA, Kan. - As Kansas moves into the prime months for air pollution, a new report says Wichita has a failing grade in one category.

The American Lung Association issues a "State of the Air" report every year. The 2014 report issued this week gives an F grade to Wichita for the second year in a row, when it comes to ozone.

The report seems to dispute city measurements, about the seriousness of the problem. The city of Wichita declared only one ozone-alert day last year - a Friday in mid-June. But the American Lung Association counted 23 "Orange Alert" days. That means the air was unhealthy for "sensitive populations."

As recently as 2010, this report gave Wichita a B grade for ozone. Now it's 47th among U.S. metropolitan areas for high amounts of ozone.

There is some positive news in the report. Wichita has grad A air, when it comes to daily particle pollution.

The city of wichita declared only one ozone-alert day last year.
That was a friday in mid-june.
(2) But the american lung association counted 23 'orange alert' days.
That means the air was unhealthy for what it calls 'sensitive populations.'
(3) As recently as 20-10, this report gave wichita a 'b' grade for ozone.
Now it's among the top 50 metropolitan areas for high ozone.

There is some positive news in this report.
Wichita has grade-a air, when it comes to daily particle pollution.


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