IDEM Issues Air Quality Action Day for Four Indiana Regions

Written from press release

INDIANAPOLIS, June 18, 2024 – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) for Thursday, June 20, 2024, affecting four regions across the state.

Forecasts predict ozone levels will reach the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range (Orange) in the following areas:

  • Central/East Central Indiana: Including Bloomington, Brookville, Columbus, Frankfort, Indianapolis, Greensburg, Kokomo, Lebanon, Martinsville, Muncie, Richmond, and surrounding cities.
  • Southeast Indiana: Covering Brownstown, Corydon, Jeffersonville, Madison, New Albany, Salem, Versailles, and neighboring areas.
  • Southwest Indiana: Encompassing Bedford, Bloomfield, Evansville, Huntingburg, Mount Vernon, Paoli, Princeton, Rockport, Tell City, Vincennes, and adjacent locations.
  • Western/West Central Indiana: Including Crawfordsville, Covington, Delphi, Fowler, Greencastle, Lafayette, Newport, Monticello, Spencer, Sullivan, Terre Haute, and nearby cities.

The expected high temperatures, reaching the lower 90s, combined with modest humidity, are likely to elevate ozone levels into the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category. IDEM’s Air Quality Action Days signal anticipated rises in ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter.

Hoosiers are encouraged to visit SmogWatch.IN.gov to:

  • View real-time air quality information for all Indiana counties, including a state map of affected areas.
  • Learn about Air Quality Action Days and recommended precautions.
  • Gain insights on ozone and fine particulate matter.
  • Sign up for air quality alerts.

Air Quality Action Days are in effect from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the specified date. Some municipalities may enforce additional open burning restrictions during AQADs. For more information, visit IDEM’s open burning laws and rules.

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