An updated analysis of data from the mid 1990s has revealed that people with lower levels of education and in low income households are at greater risk from fine particulate – or soot—pollution.
The arrival of summer in Louisville can also mean the arrival of air quality alert days. The culprits are vehicle emissions from burning motor fuel combined with hotter temperatures. And the result is often levels of ozone or soot that aren’t safe for people who are vulnerable to breathing problems. This year the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to encourage motorists to drive less.
A U.S. District Court of Appeals has ruled that the EPA must reconsider a 2006 decision on national soot –or particulate matter—standards.
The Environmental Protection Agency has declared several counties in Kentucky and Indiana to be out of compliance with federal standards for fine particle air pollution, or soot. Jefferson is one of those counties.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received federal funding to retrofit highway construction equipment with exhaust filters.
The EPA says 19 Indiana counties an townships are not meeting federal soot standards; Indiana says it should be only 5.