Air Quality Alert Declared for Indiana Counties

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS – June 18, 2023

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an Air Quality Action Day for several counties in the state. The alert was declared at 453 PM EDT on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

The following Indiana counties are affected by the Air Quality Action Day: Carroll, Warren, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Howard, Fountain, Montgomery, Boone, Tipton, Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Hendricks, Hancock, Henry, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Rush, Sullivan, Greene, Monroe, Brown, Bartholomew, Decatur, Knox, Daviess, Martin, Lawrence, Jackson, and Jennings.

The Air Quality Action Day will be in effect from 1200 AM to 1159 PM on Sunday, June 18.

According to officials, a combination of high temperatures, light winds, and other factors are expected to create conditions where high levels of ozone emissions may exceed federally mandated standards.

To help reduce ozone-forming emissions, the public is advised to take the following actions:

  • Opt for alternative modes of transportation such as walking, biking, carpooling, or using public transportation.
  • Avoid using drive-through services and combine errands into one trip.
  • Refrain from refueling vehicles or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 PM.
  • Turn off engines when idling for more than 30 seconds.
  • Conserve energy by turning off lights and setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

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