Air Pollution Control District

Environment
7:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

New Air Monitor in Louisville Will Measure Vehicle Pollution

Credit Trimarc.org

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is moving forward with plans to place an air monitor near the Watterson Expressway. The monitor will measure concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, or “NOx.”

The Air Pollution Control District has chosen a site for the monitor; it’s at 1517 Durrett Lane, right next to I-264, and slightly west of Poplar Level Road. Now, the district is just waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to approve the location.

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Environment
11:54 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Air Pollution District Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Regulations

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is moving forward with several changes to regulations, including fee increases for some permits. The district’s board held a hearing yesterday to get public comment on the proposed changes.

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Environment
11:46 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Air Pollution Control District Fines Rubbertown Company

The Air Pollution Control District and Momentive Specialty Chemicals have reached an agreement on alleged violations at the company's Rubbertown plant. The proposed settlement fines Momentive $13,500 for failing to report excess emissions. There will be a public hearing on the fine next Wednesday at 10am, and the Air Pollution Control Board will vote on the settlement.

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Environment
3:20 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

EPA Tightens Soot Standard; Estimates Cleaner Air Will Save Billions in Health Costs

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The federal government has strengthened the national air quality standard for soot and fine particle pollution.

The new standard is 20 percent more stringent than the current standard, which was set in 1997. It will require communities to make sure fine particle pollution is limited to 12 micrograms per cubic meter annually (the current limit is 15).

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Environment
2:08 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Old Factories and Olfactory: How the Subjective Sense of Smell Steers Citations

Dori Wikimedia Commons

Parts of every city are smelly, occasionally. And in Louisville, several neighborhoods in particular have routinely complained about odors...like some areas of Butchertown near the JBS Swift slaughterhouse, and neighborhoods bordering chemical plants and factories in Rubbertown.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Liquor Company Cited by Air Pollution District for Whiskey Odors, Fungus

Roger Griffith Wikimedia Commons

Louisville’s air pollution regulators say a company that stores whiskey in the city has violated its air permits. The Air Pollution Control District sent the notices of violation to Diageo late last week.

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Environment
9:16 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Air Pollution District Fines Diageo for Whiskey Fungus, Odor

Roger Griffith Wikimedia Commons

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has sent a Notice of Violation to liquor giant Diageo, alleging the company violated the conditions of its permit.

The violations laid out include several odor complaints near Diageo's whiskey aging warehouse at 2359 Millers Lane. But perhaps more interesting is another violation for the sooty-mold that has been seen on properties near the warehouse.

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Environment
11:26 am
Wed August 29, 2012

High Ozone Levels Expected Tomorrow

So much for hopes that rainy weather would keep ozone levels in the Louisville Metro area in the normal range. The Air Pollution Control District is forecasting the air will be unhealthy for sensitive groups (like the elderly, the young, and those with heart and lung conditions) on Thursday.

Ozone levels are expected to be high, and the Air Quality Index is predicted to be 106.

Environment
12:32 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Louisville's Air Exceeded Ozone Standard Three Days Last Week

The Louisville Metro area is coming off of a string of bad air quality days, in which ozone levels were high enough to be unhealthy for many people. But relief may be on the horizon.

There were four consecutive air quality alerts called last week, but ozone levels were only high enough to exceed the federal standard on three of those days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the weather could be tricky to predict this week, but it seems likely Louisville’s ozone levels will remain normal for now.

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Environment
2:25 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Elevated Smog Levels are Expected Saturday

The Air Pollution Control District is forecasting high levels of ozone on Saturday. This marks the fourth consecutive day of Air Quality Alerts: there's already an alert in place today, and alerts were issued on Wednesday and Thursday. The air turned out to be normal on Wednesday, but ozone levels were slightly elevated yesterday.

So far this year, there have been 26 air quality alerts, but not all of those days have actually resulted in bad air.

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