air pollution

3:25 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Air Quality Alert Called For Saturday, Sunday

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District has called an Air Quality Alert for this weekend.

The alerts this weekend are the ninth and tenth times this year the Air Pollution Control District has forecasted that ozone levels will be unhealthy for sensitive groups. But the alerts are forecasts—and the actual air quality has only been unhealthy twice so far.

District spokesman Tom Nord says a mix of pollution and weather contribute to the poor air.

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3:20 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Rubbertown Spill Releases 12 Pounds of Toxic Chemical into Air

UPDATE 3:15 pm: Zeon Chemical's release of 12 pounds of butadiene yesterday morning was accidental. Zeon Vice President of Operations Bob Barlow told me that a gasket leak caused the release. The reportable amount of butadiene is 10 pounds, so this was just over the reportable quantity.

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12:45 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

High Ozone Levels Forecasted Wednesday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for tomorrow. Levels of ozone are forecasted to be high, and the air will be unhealthy for sensitive groups. The district recommends the elderly, the young and those suffering from heart or lung diseases stay indoors, if possible.

This is the eighth Air Quality Alert so far this year.

2:05 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Louisville-Area Ozone Levels Were Unhealthy Friday

The Air Pollution Control District has confirmed that Louisville’s air quality was poor on Friday, as predicted.

The District has issued seven Air Quality Alert days this year—but those are just days the agency expects the air quality will be poor. So far, only one of those has panned out—plus an additional day of bad air where there was no Air Quality Alert. During both days, the APCD’s air monitors recorded levels of ozone that exceeded healthy levels.

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5:28 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Concerns About Coal Ash Raised During LG&E Air Permit Hearing

Turnout was small at a hearing this afternoon to take public comments on a pending air pollution permit.

Louisville Gas and Electric is seeking permits to install advanced pollution controls at its Mill Creek power plant in southwest Louisville. The company is taking the steps to comply with upcoming federal regulations that will limit the amount of pollution power plants can emit.

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5:28 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Report Ranks Three Kentucky Power Plants Among Nation's Biggest Polluters

Erica Peterson WFPL

Three Kentucky coal-fired power plants are named among the biggest polluters in the nation in a new report.

The Environmental Integrity Project analyzed the fifty-one U.S. power plants that emit the highest levels of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which have been linked to premature deaths from heart and lung disease.

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4:49 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

High Ozone Levels, Unhealthy Air Predicted Friday

The Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for tomorrow. Ozone levels are forecasted to be high, and unhealthy for sensitive groups including the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

This is the fifth air quality alert Metro Government has called this year, but so far none of the alerts have actually resulted in a day of unhealthy air. Spokesman Tom Nord says the Air Pollution Control District tends to err on the side of caution.

5:56 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Judge Orders EPA to Set Particle Pollution Standards

A federal judge has given the Environmental Protection Agency one week to set standards for fine particle pollution across the United States. These are the fine particles that come out of factories, power plants and automobiles.

Paul Cort is an attorney for nonprofit Earthjustice. He argued the case.

“This rule defines what it means to have clean air that’s safe to breathe,” Cort said. “And so by setting these standards, if an area has air that doesn’t meet these standards, then they have to develop a plan to reduce emissions that contribute to the pollution problem.”

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2:48 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

EPA Hears Testimony on New Carbon Pollution Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of day-long hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago on proposed new standards from carbon pollution from power plants.

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5:30 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

High Ozone Levels Expected This Weekend

Louisville Metro Government has issued the season’s first air quality alert .

The threshold for calling an alert is 101 on the Air Quality Index, which measures air pollution on a scale of 0 to 500. The ozone level is forecasted to be 104 this weekend.

APCD spokesman Tom Nord says the weather, rather than unexpected pollution, prompted this weekend’s alert.