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Environment
4:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Louisville's Innovation Chief Takes On Added Role With Environmental Non-Profit

Ted Smith
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  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 will remain Louisville’s chief of civic innovation. He'll will also serve as the first executive director for the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil.

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Environment
12:39 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday

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 Air Quality Index is forecast to be 105, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

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.

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Environment
1:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012

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Louisville’s streak of good air days has been broken.

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.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the highest reading was 93 parts per billion at the District’s monitor on Cannons Lane.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010

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By most measures, Louisville’s air quality has been pretty good this summer.

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  any days that exceeded the federal ozone standard.

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Environment
2:16 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Louisville's Swift Plant Fined $98,000 for Two Years of Odor, Permit Violations

Part of the Butchertown neighborhood.
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Louisville Metro Government has fined the JBS/Swift plant in the city’s Butchertown neighborhood nearly $100,000 for violations.

The Notice of Violation 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.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

High Ozone Levels Possible on Friday

So far, Louisville's air has been fairly healthy this summer: there haven't been any ozone exceedences.

But the first one could come on Friday. The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the third air quality alert of 2013. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 133, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

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Environment
5:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

After Critical State Audit of Louisville's Air Pollution District, What's Next?

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.

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Environment
10:37 am
Mon July 15, 2013

High Ozone Levels Expected Tomorrow

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the second air quality alert of 2013. Regulators are predicting elevated levels of ozone tomorrow. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

Environment
4:00 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Most Years, Soot Pollution and Fireworks Go Hand-in-Hand on Independence Day

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.

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.

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Environment
12:17 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Louisville's First High Ozone Day of 2013 Could Be Tomorrow

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the first air quality alert of 2013. Regulators are predicting elevated levels of ozone tomorrow. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

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