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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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Environment
8:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Team Will Begin Floyds Fork Interviews With Residents This Week

Researchers from the University of Kentucky will begin interviewing citizens, businesses and non-profits this week about Floyds Fork. This is part of a collaboration between state and federal agencies to rehabilitate the watershed.

Floyds Fork has been designated as “impaired,” which means its waterway can’t fulfill its designated functions. The state Division of Water has asked the EPA to help determine the maximum amount of pollution that can be discharged into the watershed without exceeding the state water quality standard.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Humane Society President Will Visit Louisville to Speak About Human, Animal Relationships

The president of the Humane Society of the United States will be in Louisville this week to discuss his new book: New York Times Bestseller “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals and Our Call to Defend Them.”

The book is a study of human-animal relationships. Wayne Pacelle says humans are naturally drawn to and fascinated by animals—look at the number of people who have pets and who watch animals in the wild or at zoos.

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Environment
11:54 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Air Quality Alerts Issued for Friday and Saturday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued an air quality alert for Friday and Saturday. Ozone levels are forecasted to be high, and unhealthy for sensitive groups including the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

These are the sixth and seventh alerts issued this year. The alerts are predictions, and so far, the air has not exceeded health standards on any alert days. However, yesterdaythere was no alert, and ozone levels did reach an unhealthy level for sensitive groups. It was the first time that happened this year.

Environment
6:09 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Volunteers From Six States Expected to Participate in River Cleanup Tomorrow

Volunteers from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois will gather along the banks of the Ohio River tomorrow for a concentrated effort to clean the river.

This is the 23rd annual Ohio River Sweep, and more than 15,000 volunteers from six states are expected to participate. The event is organized by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, and locally by the Metropolitan Sewer District.

There are six Louisville-area locations where volunteers will be gathering debris from the banks of the river from 9:00 a.m. to noon tomorrow. The sites are:

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Environment
8:46 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

EPA Has Few Answers for Residents at Black Leaf Community Meeting

The sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Park Hill.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Many of the people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood now know their yards are contaminated. But they want to know what the health risks are and whether the federal government will clean up their property. They got few answers at a meeting tonight.

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Environment
4:54 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Kentucky's Annual Drinking Water Report Shows Fewer Violations Than Previous Year

The Kentucky Division of Water has compiled its annual report of public drinking water systems throughout the state.

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires Kentucky to compile an annual list of all the violations incurred by the state’s 461 public water systems. This year’s report shows violations dropped by 257 from the previous year.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

EPA Will Answer Questions About Black Leaf Contamination Tomorrow

A sign on the former Black Leaf Chemical site's property.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Residents living near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood may be able to get some answers about contamination near their homes at a community forum tomorrow.

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency released results of soil testing in the neighborhood. All fifty of the homes adjacent to the former Black Leaf Chemical site were contaminated—some with heavy metals, and some with traces of pesticides.

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Environment
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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Environment
5:46 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Public Hearing Tomorrow on Pending Permits for Mill Creek Power Plant

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District will hold a public hearing tomorrow to let residents weigh in on two pending air pollution permits.

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