COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 920758, AS
Endorsing the Heartland Sky Community Awareness Program
and urging all Kansas City Area citizens to become knowledgeable about and
adopt clean-air strategies to reduce pollution and protect Kansas City's clean
WHEREAS, on May 12, 1992, the metropolitan Kansas
City area officially became a "Clean Air" region when the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency designated it an attainment area for
ground-level ozone, making Kansas City the largest urban area in the country to
meet the rigorous federal standards for the six pollutants regulated under the
original Clean Air Act; and
WHEREAS, Saturday evening of June 13, 1992, a Kansas
City monitor recorded ozone levels that exceeded acceptable hourly
concentrations. The "Clean Air" designation, so important to the
economic growth of the area and the health of its citizens, may be jeopardized
if any of the region's six monitoring stations records a violation of the
hourly standard on more than three different days over a three-year period; and
WHEREAS, air quality in the Kansas City region
remains extremely vulnerable to summer weather conditions when heat and
sunlight react with emissions from motor vehicles and other air pollutants to
create smog. Business and industry have made significant cuts in emissions
already which, in part, enabled the region to meet the stringent air quality
standard. But automobiles create more than a third of the emissions that create
smog. Therefore, it is important that area citizens learn and adopt simple
clean-air strategies which can reduce such emissions. We the Council recommend
the Heartland Sky Campaign's "Sky Tips":
Leave the car at home. Walk, ride a bike, take a
bus or join a carpool.
Use electric lighters, wax lighters or portable
chimney lighters instead of charcoal starter fluid for outdoor
Keep car, lawn mower and boat engines tuned and
equipped with proper pollution control equipment.
Don't "top off" the tank at the gas pump.
Wait until evening to fill the car, mow the grass or
Use water-based paints and other products.
Limit the use of fuels, cleansers, furniture polish
and paint thinners.
If all area citizens make such clean-air strategies a
regular part of their daily routine, it would significantly improve the quality
of air in the region and protect the "Clean Air" designation; NOW,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
That the Mayor and Council hereby endorse the
Heartland Sky Community Awareness Program and urge all the citizens of the
Kansas City Area to become active, participating advocates of clean and healthy
air for Kansas City by learning and practicing clean air strategies where they
live and work.