Rally for Safer Chemical Legislation Planned for Tomorrow

Residents and community activists are planning an event tomorrow in west Louisville to raise awareness about toxic chemicals. It’s not an accident that the rally is planned on the edge of Rubbertown—where many of the city’s chemical plants are located. Jason Howard of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation says the point of the rally is to […]

Emergency Alert System To Go Online Friday

Louisville’s city-wide emergency alert system should be functional by Friday and residents are now able to sign up to receive notifications of emergencies and weather alerts. Metro government officials first considered implementing an emergency alert system after a March explosion in the Rubbertown neighborhood laid bare the city’s inadequacy in warning residents of emergencies. Now, […]

Rubbertown Company Fined for Pollution Violations, Secretary of State Announces Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Ken Fleming Calls for Term Limits, $37 Million Retirement Pay for Gannett CEO Criticized: Afternoon Review

An aluminum company in Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood has agreed to a settlement with Metro Government in response to several alleged record-keeping and pollution violations. The proposed agreement fines Eckart America $668,250, and sets up a plan to help the company come into compliance with its permit. Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker announced she was […]

City Fines Rubbertown Company Over $600,000 for Violations

An aluminum company in Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood has agreed to a settlement with Metro Government in response to several alleged record-keeping and pollution violations. The proposed agreement fines Eckart America $668,250, and sets up a plan to help the company come into compliance with its permit. Last May, an explosion caused by aluminum dust at […]

City Considers Rubbertown Company Proposal to Switch Away From Toxic Chemical

A company in Louisville’s Rubbertown neighborhood wants to change the chemicals it uses in the production of synthetic rubber. The Air Pollution Control District held a public hearing on the request today. American Synthetic Rubber uses a solvent called toluene to produce rubber, and toluene is regulated as a category 2 toxic substance under the […]

City-Wide Alert System Should be Functional By Oct. 26

The city-wide alert system to warn Louisville residents of emergencies should be functional in about two weeks. The Florida-based Emergency Communications Network is finished hooking the city into its nationwide network. Metro Government began looking into the possibility of an alert system after an accident in the Rubbertown neighborhood released chemicals and killed two workers. […]

Environmental Justice Tour Calls Attention to Pollution in West Louisville

The Catholic Passionist community is calling attention to pollution on Louisville’s West End though an environmental justice tour. Several Louisvillians took the tour this afternoon. The trip was organized by the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, and took participants on a tour of the power plants, chemical factories and waste disposal sites concentrated in west […]

Judge Approves Zeon Settlement for Rubbertown Emissions

A $1.5 million settlement between chemical company Zeon and residents who live near the company’s Rubbertown plant was approved by a judge yesterday, despite significant community opposition. The agreement would pay everyone living within a mile of the plant up to $750. Those who live within 1-2 miles will be eligible to receive up to […]

National Attention for KY Lawmaker’s Opposition to Anti-Bullying Bill; River Fields Denies Delaying ORBP; DuPont Fined for Rubbertown Violations; McConnell Questions Obama’s Ohio Visit: Afternoon Review

Profiling a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide after years of alleged anti-gay taunts at school, CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered opposition to bullying legislation in Kentucky by highlighting state Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, who believes homosexuality is a sin. Leaders with the conservation group River Fields rebuffed a resolution introduced in the Louisville Metro Council that […]

City Signs Contract With Emergency Alert System Provider

Louisville Metro Government has signed a contract with a company to provide an emergency alert system for the city. Talks have been underway for months since an explosion in the Rubbertown neighborhood left residents unsure of whether to flee or shelter in place. The city signed a contract with Florida-based Emergency Communications Network last week, […]