IDEM issues ozone Air Quality Action Day for June 29, 2022


    The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is declaring an ozone Air Quality Action Day in Southwest Indiana for Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

    Who might this affect?

    • Kids
    • Older adults
    • Those with respiratory diseases

    Take precautions, such as limiting physical exertion outdoors.

    Follow these simple pollution prevention tips to reduce emissions from daily activities:

    • Carpool, walk, bike, or use public transportation when possible.
    • Refuel vehicles after dusk.
    • Avoid excess idling and drive-through windows.
    • Consolidate trips and avoid fast-starts.
    • Postpone using gasoline-powered garden equipment or mowing the lawn until late evening, when temperatures are cooler.
    • Work from home to reduce vehicle emissions, if your employer provides the option.
    • Use energy efficient lighting and appliances recommended by the Energy Star Program.
    • Turn off appliances and lights when not in use to reduce emissions from energy production.
    • Adjust your thermostat by turning it up in the summer and down in the winter to reduce emissions from energy production.
    • Recycle to reduce emissions related to producing paper, plastic, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and cardboard.
    • Use “low VOC” or “zero VOC” paint and cleaning products.
    • Consider burning gas logs instead of wood to reduce smoke.
    • Avoid burning clean wood waste such as leaves and brush. If possible, recycle yard waste by shredding or chipping it at home or use a registered collection site. Never burn trash.

    Air Quality Discussion

    High pressure is over much of the Midwest this morning with very light winds or calm conditions.  Mid and high level clouds today from a weak upper level wave pushing in from the west. Precipitation is not possible due to a very dry airmass below these clouds.  Surface high pressure over the eastern third of the country will continue tomorrow as winds may be calm all day and sunny with highs in the upper 80’s. Thursday will be hot and highs in the low 90’s with winds turning gently from the south.  Georgia Tech, Canadian  and NWS ozone models all show high ozone readings for Wednesday.