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High ozone levels expected Wednesday

Monroe County is forecast to be hit with high ozone levels Wednesday.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an Air Quality Action Day and is forecasting high ground-level ozone, which happens when chemical reactions from pollutants such as cars and factories damage air quality, in three Indiana regions.

The three areas include central, southeast and southwest Indiana. Monroe County will be one of these affected counties.

Children, the elderly and others with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors while the ozone levels are high. In addition, anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected.

IDEM says changes people can make in order to reduce problems from ozone include walking, biking, combining errands in one trip, turning off running engines, avoiding refueling your car or lawn equipment until after 7 p.m. and conserving energy by turning off lights or setting air conditioning over 75 degrees.

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