Important Hearing on Regional Air Quality: Feb.3

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality will conduct a public hearing on Feb. 3, 2012 at 10 a.m. ET in the conference room of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, 850 Barret Ave., Louisville, Ky. 

This hearing is being held to receive comments on a proposed State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to redesignate the Kentucky portion of the Louisville, Kentucky-Indiana area from nonattainment to attainment for the annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard to address sections 107 and 175A of the Clean Air Act (CAA).  If no request for a public hearing is received, the hearing will be cancelled.

Further information can be obtained by calling Leslie Eggen at the number below or email at lesliem.eggen@ky.gov.

Go to http://air.ky.gov/Pages/PublicNoticesandHearings.aspx to download the entire document.

 

Why is this Meeting Important??

KYDAQ is again appearing at Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board to try to get EPA to lift the non-attainment designation for PM2.5 fine particulate matter. Once the non-attainment designation is lifted, there will no longer be a required "hot-spot" analysis for the KY IN bridges project for particulate matter.

The bridges project used a "surrogate site" analysis that says --if ambient air monitoring in the vicinity of a similar  “vehicles mile per day intersection”  meets PM 2.5 ambient standards then, therefore, the bridges project will not cause or contribute to exceedance of the NAAQS PM2.5 fine particulate standard.

The analysis that has been done is a "qualitative" analysis because a grace period of two years from adopting more stringent quantitative standards doesn't end until December 2012.

Kentucky wants to get the non-attainment designation lifted. That will relieve the bridges project from attack on the insufficiency of the qualitative "hot spot" analysis.

The ambient air monitoring results offered to support the application for redesignation are very suspect. See Clarence Hixson's article: click this link:   <http://www.badwaterjournal.com/Bad_Water_Journal/Air_Monitoring.html>

The ambient monitoring is supposed to represent areas of highest concentration, but Metro Air Pollution Control has sited the monitors in parks and fields away from major highway and industrial concentrated particulates.

Most Louisvillians have their noses full of heavy particulate concentrations driving down highways and living under the smoke stacks of electric generating plants. Our health statistics demonstrate this. 

Please attend this hearing and ask that a more rigorous and valid analysis be performed and our current non-attainment designation remain in place.

David Coyte, President