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CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is creating an advisory panel on wintertime ozone pollution in the Upper Green River Basin.

Department Director John Corra says the panel will have 26 members representing various government agencies and private interests. They will offer advice for fixing the ozone problem.

Wintertime ozone in and around the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah gas fields in western Wyoming has become a serious seasonal air quality problem. Ground-level ozone last winter exceeded the worst days for ozone pollution in major U.S. cities during the summertime.

The ozone results from air pollution from gas development combined with certain weather conditions including bright sunshine and snow on the ground.

High ozone has not been a serious problem so far this winter.

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