IDEM issues Air Quality Action Day for Saturday


The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an Air Quality Action Day and is forecasting high ozone levels for Saturday in southeast Indiana.

That include the towns of Brownstown, Corydon and Versailles and the cities of Jeffersonville, Madison, Mount Vernon, New Albany and Salem.

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone while remaining safe during the COVID-19 health crisis by making changes to daily habits, including walking, biking or working from home when possible; combining errands into one trip; avoiding refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.; turning off your engine when idling for more than 30 seconds; and conserving energy by turning off lights or setting the air conditioner to 75 degrees or above.

Air Quality Action Days are in effect from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the specified date. Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.

IDEM examines weather patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. To learn more about ozone or sign up for air quality forecasts, visit

Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather combine with vehicle exhaust, factory emissions and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties.

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