Sedgwick County commissioners are hearing about ozone levels and the effect that burning of grasslands in the Flint Hills has on those.
Currently there are no restrictions on Flint Hills grass burning for production or brush control. A proposed smoke management plan would be voluntary.
Smoke from the Flint Hills has traveled as far as Long Island in New York, said Kay Johnson, director of environmental services for Wichita.
The metro area has struggled to stay in attainment of EPA ozone regulations. Burning in the Flint Hills greatly affects the area’s ozone levels, Johnson said.