An effort to cut down on ground level ozone is reaching out to local businesses. The Four States Clean Air Alliance was formed earlier this year after it was learned the Joplin area has exceeded federal standards for ozone. Jeff Burkett with Empire District Electric tells News Talk KZRG the EPA could lower those standards further.
"We're facing a potential lower standard right now. The standard is 75 parts per billion, and the EPA is looking at a range of 60-70 parts per billion."
Burkett says there are ways you can reduce ground level ozone:
"Mow your lawn late in the afternoon, refueling (your vehicle) in late evening instead of during the heat of the day, those sorts of things can redue the levels."
The EPA identifies ground level ozone as something harmful to public health and the environment.