Wichita Grappling With Air Quality Regulations

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita officials are asking for the public's help this summer in working with the city to curtail high ozone levels, which can cause health risks and bring costly federal regulation.

Local officials say the city plans to ask residents to reduce travel and other emissions if ozone levels exceed standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The city also has plans to change its operations daily if ozone levels spike, which can cause breathing problems for children and elderly people with any kind of lung problems.

Air quality specialist Tonya Bronleewe also notes that if Wichita exceeds its ozone limits, it risks more regulation from the federal government. Gas prices could go up, businesses could face stringent regulations and highway funding could be jeopardized.