The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 annual report (http://air.ky.gov/Division%20Reports/2017%20ANNUAL%20REPORT.pdf), which details the division’s mission, function and commitment to protecting human health and the environment.
Kentucky’s continued trend of air quality improvement is evident in the charts found in the Technical Services Branch section of this report. These achievements are only obtained through:
- Developing effective regulations and control strategies by the Program Planning Branch;
- Issuing appropriate permits containing all applicable requirements by the Permit Review Branch; and
- Inspecting sources of air emissions and enforcing emission limitations by the Field Operations Branch.
Some highlights from 2017 include:
- The DAQ Field Office Branch staff completed 3,946 compliance inspections of various types at mostly permitted sources and found 89 percent were found to be compliant.
- In FY 2017, the Air Dispersion Modeling Section completed 51 air toxics assessments. These refined modeling runs have yielded data, which has been used to verify, adjust or establish limits in permits, justify permit conditions, and protect public health and air quality.
- DAQ has operated an ambient air monitoring network since 1967. The 2016 network included 35 monitoring stations in 26 counties; this total includes monitors operated by the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District and the National Park Service at Mammoth Cave.
- In calendar year 2016, DAQ Permit Review Branch issued 589 permits, a 21 percent increase over 2015.
- The Division’s Environmental Education Outreach Program reached 6,176 people in 20 counties.
The 2017 Division for Air Quality annual report and all previous annual reports can be found at: http://air.ky.gov/Division%20Reports/2017%20ANNUAL%20REPORT.pdf.