It’s a bigger problem than you think.
In an area where people spend so much time outdoors, it’s hard to imagine that we have an air quality problem – especially since ground-level ozone is odorless and colorless. But there’s increasing evidence that humans are more affected by ozone pollution than previously thought. As a result, the U.S. EPA lowered the acceptable level of ozone on October 1, 2015.
On an average hot day, the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metro is close to exceeding the new level. “Non-attainment” means that there is too much ground-level ozone in our air and the area is over the EPA limit.
If our area goes over the ozone standard, several things would happen:
- Stricter pollution controls that can create serious economic development consequences
- Increased paperwork and reporting for business
- More state oversight and control by the EPA
- Possible limits to transportation improvements that get funded
We need to act now
If we all lower our own emissions voluntarily, then together, we can lower ground-level ozone and prevent the risk of our area going into non-attainment. It starts now.