Wichita Eagle Commentary by Sierra Club: Flint Hills plan is a smoke screen.

In 2003 and then again in 2009 and 2010, rangeland burning in the Flint Hills caused exceedances of the ozone smog air-quality standard at monitors in Wichita, Kansas City and/or Topeka.

In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a request by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to exempt these events from enforcement because the state had not developed a smoke management plan.


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