The federal Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a new air pollution rule that’s meant to reduce power plant emissions. The rule will affect Kentucky, but not immediately. The EPA’s new rule is meant to control sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, which are often blown across state lines. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says regulating such… Continue reading EPA Issues New Air Standards for Power Plants
Some parts of Louisville sounded like a war zone last weekend as fireworks laws were relaxed and residents celebrated the Fourth of July holiday. But all of those fireworks contributed to some of the area’s air quality problems. There are two main kinds of air pollution: fine particle and ozone. Louisville has been having a… Continue reading Fireworks Light Up Louisville’s Pollution Monitors
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is giving the public thirty more days to comment on a rule to regulate air pollution. Comments on the EPA’s proposed air toxics and mercury standards were initially due July 5, but now that’s been pushed back a month. In March, after a 20-year political and legal battle, the EPA… Continue reading EPA Extends Comment Period for Air Pollution Rules
The New York Times’ editorial yesterday took power giant American Electric Power to task for its opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed air standards. AEP has been contradicting itself lately, telling the public that the eventual closing of two dozen power plants will result in major job losses, even while the company tells investors… Continue reading NYT Editorial Criticizes Power Company for Opposition to Clean Air Rules
Tomorrow is National Trails Day and the Metro Parks Department is hosting a trail hike and trail construction in Jefferson Memorial Forest to encourage people to get outside. Unfortunately, Metro Government is warning people that the air could be dangerous for some. Matt Stull is the spokesman for the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District. “We’re… Continue reading National Trails Day, Air Quality Alert Coincide
The U.S. EPA has placed stricter regulations on sulfur dioxide for the first time in nearly 40 years. Louisville will likely not be in compliance with the new standard.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new initiative to track toxic air pollution at some of the nation’s schools. Louisville’s Air Pollution Control Board spokesman Matt Stull says the EPA will prioritize schools most at risk based on state input.
The city has named a new director to head the Air Pollution Control District.
Researchers from The Nature Conservancy and the Cary Institute for Ecosystem studies found that many previous studies examined the effects of a single pollutant on a certain aspect of an ecosystem. But lead author Gary Lovett says they don’t show the big picture.