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Environment
4:35 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Environmental Attorney, State Spar Over Secretary's Comments on Clean Air Act

A local environmental attorney is challenging the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet over statements officials made earlier this week at a conference.

The contentious point revolves around a comment Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters made during a session at the cabinet’s annual conference earlier this week. Here’s how his comments were summarized in a story by Jim Bruggers of the Courier-Journal.

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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
11:49 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Smog Levels Were High Yesterday, But How High?

As expected, Louisville's air was unhealthy yesterday. But there are discrepancies as to exactly how unhealthy.

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Environment
10:30 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Ozone Levels Were Unhealthy Yesterday, Without Warning

There was no Air Quality Alert in effect yesterday, but ozone levels were unexpectedly high.

High levels of ozone were detected at air monitors at Buckner, Cannons Lane, Watson Lane and New Albany. All the levels detected were in the range that's unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Environment
6:26 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Rising Temperatures Could Also Increase Ozone Levels in Next Decade

The summer has just begun, and Louisville has already seen dangerously high levels of ozone pollution on thirteen days. Scientists are predicting that ozone could become an even bigger problem as average temperatures rise.

Ozone is created when pollution from cars and smokestacks cooks in summer heat. Louisville’s seen a lot of it lately, and nearly every week there’s been at least one warning that the air outside could be unhealthy for at least some people.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

What Do Zoo Animals Do During Air Quality Alerts?

Erica Peterson WFPL

There’s another Air Quality Alert in effect for today, and ozone levels are expected to be high. But those warnings go out to the human inhabitants of Louisville. How do the high ozone levels affect the exotic animals at the Louisville Zoo?

Zoo curator Steve Wing says one of the species that would be most sensitive to the high ozone levels are the zoo’s penguins.

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Environment
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
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.