Air Pollution Control District http://wfpl.org en Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010 http://wfpl.org/post/fireworks-caused-louisville-exceed-air-pollution-standards-july-4-first-time-2010 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By most measures, Louisville’s air quality has been pretty good this summer.</span></p><p>Typically, ozone is the pollutant that causes the problems: local pollution gets trapped in the Ohio River valley and cooks under the hot summer sun. A notoriously bad year for ozone was 2012, but since then Louisville hasn't had &nbsp;any days that exceeded the federal ozone standard.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:15:42 +0000 Erica Peterson 9743 at http://wfpl.org Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010 Louisville Air District's Reorganization Continues, Amid Concerns from Environmental Groups http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-air-districts-reorganization-continues-amid-concerns-environmental-groups <p>Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is moving forward with <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischer-reorganizes-louisvilles-air-district-after-independent-audit-findings" target="_blank">its reorganization.</a></p><p>The APCD has been in some state of flux since August, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/after-critical-state-audit-louisvilles-air-pollution-district-whats-next" target="_blank">when both state and federal audits found problems with the way the agency collects and analyzes air quality data.</a> Since then, the APCD has been working to fix those issues and has also undertaken an extensive reorganization. That reorganization has meant that nearly all of the district’s employees have had to reapply for their jobs, and in some cases, job descriptions and requirements have been changed. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:29:01 +0000 Erica Peterson 8914 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Air District's Reorganization Continues, Amid Concerns from Environmental Groups Louisville's Swift Plant Fined $98,000 for Two Years of Odor, Permit Violations http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-swift-plant-fined-98000-two-years-odor-permit-violations <p>Louisville Metro Government has fined the JBS/Swift plant in the city’s Butchertown neighborhood nearly $100,000 for violations.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/212304079/Swift-NOV02471-03-7-14-1" target="_blank">Notice of Violation</a> issued by the Louisville Air Pollution Control District alleges that the JBS Swift plant in Butchertown let objectionable odors leave the plant numerous times over the past two years, and cites more than 50 complaints from local residents. The facility was also fined for failing to report emissions and keep monitoring records.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:16:27 +0000 Erica Peterson 8862 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Swift Plant Fined $98,000 for Two Years of Odor, Permit Violations Cane Run Neighbors Report More Odor Issues Near Power Plant http://wfpl.org/post/cane-run-neighbors-report-more-odor-issues-near-power-plant <p>People living near the Cane Run Power Plant say it was a smelly weekend in their neighborhood.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:19:23 +0000 Erica Peterson 8684 at http://wfpl.org Cane Run Neighbors Report More Odor Issues Near Power Plant Mayor Greg Fischer Reorganizes Louisville's Air District After Independent Audit Findings http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischer-reorganizes-louisvilles-air-district-after-independent-audit-findings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Greg Fischer says he plans to reorganize Louisville's Air Pollution Control District in the wake of two independent audits.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:32:24 +0000 Erica Peterson 8280 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Greg Fischer Reorganizes Louisville's Air District After Independent Audit Findings Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Jobs, Re-Election, Liquor Sales and Taxes http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-jobs-re-election-liquor-sales-and-taxes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer visited WFPL News for an interview Thursday. In the hourlong chat, he discussed his bid for a second term in office, the city's controversial plan to re-open a potentially dangerous jail, a recent audit of the Air Pollution Control District, an attempt in the Metro Council to restrict package liquor sales and, as always, the local option sales tax.</span></p><p>Here's the audio:</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:38:57 +0000 Gabe Bullard 6574 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Jobs, Re-Election, Liquor Sales and Taxes Board Stands By Air Pollution Control District Staff After Critical Audit http://wfpl.org/post/board-stands-air-pollution-control-district-staff-after-critical-audit <p>Louisville Air Pollution Control District board members say they’re standing by the district’s staff in the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/after-critical-state-audit-louisvilles-air-pollution-district-whats-next" target="_blank">wake of a state audit that found the city’s air monitoring program is seriously flawed. </a>The board met for the first time today since the audit was released.</p><p>The audit by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality found issues with the way particulate monitoring data was collected and analyzed, and says several years of data could be thrown out.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:02:04 +0000 Erica Peterson 6554 at http://wfpl.org Board Stands By Air Pollution Control District Staff After Critical Audit After Critical State Audit of Louisville's Air Pollution District, What's Next? http://wfpl.org/post/after-critical-state-audit-louisvilles-air-pollution-district-whats-next <p>It’s still too early to know what exactly the fallout will be from a critical state audit that found the Louisville Air Pollution Control District’s air monitoring program severely lacking.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:32:40 +0000 Erica Peterson 6402 at http://wfpl.org After Critical State Audit of Louisville's Air Pollution District, What's Next? Fischer Orders Review of Air Pollution Control District Following Audit of Monitoring Program http://wfpl.org/post/fischer-orders-review-air-pollution-control-district-following-audit-monitoring-program <p>Louisville Air Pollution Control District officials are awaiting the EPA’s response to a state audit that found serious problems with the district’s program for monitoring soot pollution.</p><p>The audit by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality found flaws with the district’s handling of data and other procedures going back as many as 10 years. &nbsp;</p><p>The findings could potentially affect the Louisville area’s compliance with federal air quality standards.</p><p>District spokesman Tom Nord said the agency had no immediate public comment on the audit this afternoon. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:04:34 +0000 Rick Howlett 6389 at http://wfpl.org Fischer Orders Review of Air Pollution Control District Following Audit of Monitoring Program Despite Mild Weather in Louisville, High Ozone Levels are Likely on the Horizon http://wfpl.org/post/despite-mild-weather-louisville-high-ozone-levels-are-likely-horizon <p>So far, the weather in June has been mild, but when it warms up Louisville will likely face problems with its air quality. Bad air days have been frequent over the past few summers; last year there were 23 days when the air quality exceeded healthy ozone levels.</p><p>Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says there are a number of factors that contribute to ozone.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Fiona Grant 5695 at http://wfpl.org Despite Mild Weather in Louisville, High Ozone Levels are Likely on the Horizon