The latest Ozone readings for Southeast Missouri are in…and it’s not good news! The monitor in Perry County had two days late last week exceeding the allowable level set by the EPA of 75 parts per billion. The Farrar location registered 80 on the 14th and 84 the next day. Hot weather with no wind is helping to fuel the high levels of Ozone. Southeast Missouri Regional Planning deputy director David Grimes tells KZIM KSIM we’re seeing some of the highest average readings in our area in the past four years. Grimes says if these high numbers persist throughout the year, the EPA may designate Southeast Missouri as a non-attainment area in 2013. That tag may lead to less highway money, higher gas prices, and loss of economic development. He says the bad air recently has come down from Minnesota, across Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and towards Perry County. He advises to help by lowering your energy emissions with gasoline and home air-conditioners.
Return to: Local News Blog