air pollution

7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Despite Mild Weather in Louisville, High Ozone Levels are Likely on the Horizon


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.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says there are a number of factors that contribute to ozone.

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12:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Watch: How Air Pollution Affects Your Lungs

Here in Louisville, we talk a lot about air pollution and the related health effects. We're entering ozone season, and if last year is any indication, there will be some days where pollution levels are so high, residents are encouraged to stay indoors. But for those of us without medical degrees, it's hard to actually picture how pollution is affecting our lungs, and how bad the air in any given place actually is.

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12:37 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Air Pollution Board Approves Changes to Regulations

The Louisville Air Pollution Control Board has approved a suite of regulation reforms, including fee increases for some air pollution permits.

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7:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

New Air Monitor in Louisville Will Measure Vehicle Pollution


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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12:01 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Louisville's Air Gets Poor Grades in American Lung Association Report

Erica Peterson WFPL

Once again, the Louisville area's air has been ranked among the worst in the nation by the American Lung Association. The organization released it's annual State of the Air report today.

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11:48 am
Mon April 15, 2013

WFPL Wants You! For Environmental Testing

It’s no secret that Louisville has issues with air pollution. But it’s difficult to determine which pollutants are present, how present they are and whether some areas of town are disproportionately affected by pollution.

Over the next few months, WFPL is partnering with community members to conduct small-scale environmental testing. Interested participants just have to be willing to host a small monitor in their homes for three days, and be interviewed for any stories that result from the testing. It’ll be easy, fun and informative.

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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3:07 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Poll: Louisvillians More Concerned About Air Quality Than Other Kentuckians Are

Erica Peterson/WFPL

A new poll shows that Louisville residents are more concerned about air quality than those living in other areas of the state.

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3:31 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Exhibit Captures Relationship Between 1970s America, the Environment

Children play in yard of Ruston home, while Tacoma smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue.
Credit Gene Daniels/National Archives / Records of the Environmental Protection Agency

Photographs of Americana taken through an environmental lens are on display as part of a new exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The photos were taken as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUMERICA Photography Project, and show life in the 1970s, often with an environmental bent.

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8:30 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Budget Cuts May Lead to Reduction in Toxic Air Monitoring in Louisville

The air monitoring program's funding has decreased significantly since 2008.
Russ Barnett KIESD

Without some additional grant funding, the air toxics monitoring run out of the University of Louisville will have to scale back next year.

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