air pollution http://wfpl.org en Louisville's Innovation Chief Takes On Added Role With Environmental Non-Profit http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-innovation-chief-takes-added-role-environmental-non-profit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville’s head of economic development will be in charge of a new local non-profit, in addition to some modified Metro duties. In changes announced Wednesday, Ted Smith</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will remain Louisville’s chief of civic innovation. He'll will also serve as the first executive director for the </span><a href="http://www.instituteforhealthyairwaterandsoil.org/home.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil.</a></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:19 +0000 Erica Peterson 9834 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Innovation Chief Takes On Added Role With Environmental Non-Profit Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday http://wfpl.org/post/regulators-predict-high-ozone-levels-louisville-tuesday <p>Kentucky and Indiana regulators have issued the first air quality alert of 2014 for the region. They’re predicting elevated levels of ozone Tuesday. The <a href="http://www.airnow.gov/?action=aqibasics.aqi" target="_blank">Air Quality Index</a> is forecast to be 105, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.&nbsp;</p><p>These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments. On bad air days, Louisville residents should avoid idling vehicles, share rides, delay mowing lawns or getting gas and try to combine errands to help improve the air quality.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:39:56 +0000 Erica Peterson 9814 at http://wfpl.org Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012 http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-records-first-bad-ozone-day-2012 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville’s streak of good air days has been broken.</span></p><p>The city recorded its first bad ozone day since 2012 on Friday, when levels were high enough to count as an exceedance of the federal government’s 8-hour standard.</p><p>Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the highest reading was 93 parts per billion at the District’s monitor on Cannons Lane.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:53:12 +0000 Erica Peterson 9764 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012 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'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 High Ozone Levels Possible on Friday http://wfpl.org/post/high-ozone-levels-possible-friday <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>So far, Louisville's air has been fairly healthy this summer: there haven't been any ozone exceedences.</p><p>But the first one could come on Friday. The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the third air quality alert of 2013. The <a href="http://www.airnow.gov/?action=aqibasics.aqi" target="_blank">Air Quality Index</a> is forecast to be 133, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:55:49 +0000 Erica Peterson 6654 at http://wfpl.org High Ozone Levels Possible on Friday 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? High Ozone Levels Expected Tomorrow http://wfpl.org/post/high-ozone-levels-expected-tomorrow-0 <p>The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the second air quality alert of 2013. Regulators are predicting elevated levels of ozone tomorrow. The <a href="http://www.airnow.gov/?action=aqibasics.aqi" target="_blank">Air Quality Index</a> is forecast to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.&nbsp;</p><p>These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:37:24 +0000 Erica Peterson 6124 at http://wfpl.org High Ozone Levels Expected Tomorrow Most Years, Soot Pollution and Fireworks Go Hand-in-Hand on Independence Day http://wfpl.org/post/most-years-soot-pollution-and-fireworks-go-hand-hand-independence-day <p>As Louisville celebrates the Fourth of July, there will be both Metro-sanctioned and rogue fireworks displays. In the past, this has often caused uncharacteristically high air pollution in the city.</p><p>These days, Louisville has issues with some kinds of air pollution. When you hear about an air quality alert, it’s almost always for high ozone levels. Particle pollution—or soot—levels in the city’s air have been fairly low in recent years.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:00:01 +0000 Erica Peterson 6007 at http://wfpl.org Most Years, Soot Pollution and Fireworks Go Hand-in-Hand on Independence Day Louisville's First High Ozone Day of 2013 Could Be Tomorrow http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-first-high-ozone-day-2013-could-be-tomorrow <p>The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the first air quality alert of 2013. Regulators are predicting elevated levels of ozone tomorrow. The <a href="http://www.airnow.gov/?action=aqibasics.aqi" target="_blank">Air Quality Index</a> is forecast to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:17:36 +0000 Erica Peterson 5834 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's First High Ozone Day of 2013 Could Be Tomorrow