Most people think of ozone as a layer above the earth that protects people from the harmful effects of the sun. But at ground level, ozone is a pollutant more commonly known as smog. It occurs when sunlight reacts with various chemicals in the environment.
Over the years the Lake Charles area struggled to meet Federal Air Standards for ozone. And now the community struggles to stay in compliance. The government can impose stricter requirements on communities that fail to meet the EPA standard.
A National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone meeting with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is set for 2 p.m. today, June 20th, by IMCAL. The location will be the IMCAL first floor conference room located at 120 West Pujo Street (Willis Nolan Resource Center building or the old Chamber Southwest).
All transportation and industry leaders are encourage to attend. They are expected to discuss actions business, industry and citizens can take to help the area's air quality stay within federal standards.
EPA's Ozone Advance Program hold potential benefits for all near non-attainment areas in a number of ways. Areas that participate in the Ozone Advance Program will be better positioned to avoid a non-attainment designation in the future.