The Kentucky Division of Air Quality’s 2015 Annual Report

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 annual report, 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.

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Steady improvement in Kentucky’s air quality shown in compliance scorecard

Meeting state requirements a cooperative effort between industry, regulators

The air we breathe is as important to life as water, food, and shelter. Humans need quality air to live well.

PM MonitorsThe mission of the Division of Air Quality in the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection is to make every effort to ensure the citizens of the Commonwealth have the best air possible, while also focusing on our economic and energy interests.

“With the exception of the sulfur dioxide monitor in Louisville, the air quality in Kentucky
meets health-based standards set at the federal level,” said Sean Alteri, the director of the Division of Air Quality.

As federal Environmental Protection Agency standards require Kentucky’s air to be better, the division must work with business and industry to make sure standards are met, and help those who are not meeting standards to get in compliance.

Kentucky’s air is clean, with low levels of pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, fine particles and ozone. Those pollutants, if breathed in great enough Continue reading “Steady improvement in Kentucky’s air quality shown in compliance scorecard”

Notice of Comment Period – Ambient Air Monitoring Network

Kentucky Division of Air Quality
Ambient Air Monitoring Network

In accordance with 40 C.F.R. 58.10(a)(1), the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will make the annual monitoring network plan available for public inspection for at least 30 days prior to submission to the U.S. EPA.  The annual monitoring network plan details the operation and location of ambient air monitors operated by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, and the National Park Service.

The public comment period relating to the annual monitoring network will begin May 18, 2015, and will conclude on June 17, 2015.  Copies of the annual monitoring plan are available for public inspection at the locations listed below.  Any individual requiring copies may submit a request to the Division for Air Quality in writing, by telephone, by FAX, or by electronic mail.  Requests for copies should be directed to the contact person.  In addition, an electronic version of the proposed annual monitoring network plan and relevant attachments can be downloaded from the Division for Air Quality’s website at: Continue reading “Notice of Comment Period – Ambient Air Monitoring Network”

Kentucky Division for Air Quality Notice of Public Hearing to Revise Kentucky’s State Implementation Plan

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will conduct a public hearing on June 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) in the Conference Room of the Division for Air Quality, 200 Fair Oaks Lane, 1st Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky.  This hearing is being held to receive comments on a proposed State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to meet the requirements for Emissions Statement and Emissions Inventory in accordance with Sections 172(c)(3), 182(a)(1) and 182(a)(3)(B) of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAA).  This revision, when approved by the U.S. EPA, will satisfy the Emissions Statement and Emission Inventory requirements for the portions of the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell that have been designated as Marginal Ozone Nonattainment for the 2008 8-hr National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Continue reading “Kentucky Division for Air Quality Notice of Public Hearing to Revise Kentucky’s State Implementation Plan”

Ozone Gardens

Tulip
Signs of ozone damage on a tulip poplar, courtesy of Robert Anderson, Bugwood, UGA

Late spring is the perfect time to start a garden filled with ozone-sensitive plants and natives that are beneficial to pollinators.

Your garden can tell you about the air you breathe because, like people, plants need clean air, too. Some plants can even tell you when they have been exposed to air pollution. With a few carefully selected plants, some water and sunshine, you can create your own ozone garden that will help you learn more about the air quality in your neighborhood. Continue reading “Ozone Gardens”

EPA Revises Fine Particle Designations for Five Kentucky Counties

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised air quality designations for fine particle pollution in five Kentucky counties. Air monitoring data demonstrates improved air quality in Campbell, Kenton, Boone, Jefferson and Bullitt counties.

“Air Quality in Kentucky continues to improve steadily,” said Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) director Sean Alteri.  “The most recent data demonstrates that the Louisville and Kentucky metropolitan statistical areas are in compliance with federal air quality standards for fine particulate matter.” Continue reading “EPA Revises Fine Particle Designations for Five Kentucky Counties”

Seeking Nominations for 2015 NSC Small Business and Trade Association Environmental Leadership Awards

The Small Business Administration’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs National Steering Committee (NSC) Awards are the states’ premier environmental award program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and individual(s).

The NSC implements Section 507 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA). Section 507 requires states to develop a small business environmental assistance program (SBEAP). In Kentucky, this program is part of the Division of Compliance Assistance, Environmental Compliance Assistance Program, which provides detailed air quality technical assistance services to small businesses and also fulfills additional environmental compliance needs throughout the Commonwealth. Continue reading “Seeking Nominations for 2015 NSC Small Business and Trade Association Environmental Leadership Awards”

Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Recognized as Leader in Fleet Sustainability

The Kentucky Department Green Fleetsof Environmental Protection (DEP) has been recognized by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s (KCFC) Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program.  DEP received the leadership award at KCFC’s annual meeting on March 23, 2015 in Louisville.

In 2014, the Department added two hybrid vehicles to the fleet, bringing the hybrid fleet total to 27.  In 2011, the average fuel economy for DEP was 17 MPG. DEP’s average fleet fuel economy now stands at 20 MPG with the goal of 25.5 MPG by the year 2025. Continue reading “Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Recognized as Leader in Fleet Sustainability”

Division for Air Quality’s job doesn’t stop for winter weather

You’ve probably seen them as you drive down the road: small buildings topped with strange-looking contraptions, surrounded by a fence.  These are Kentucky’s air monitoring stations, and they are essential tools for telling us how clean our air is.

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) operates a network of these monitoring stations across the state, each with its own set of air sampling equipment to detect air pollutants. But the stations don’t run themselves; it’s up to DAQ staff to visit the stations regularly, to collect and replace filters and air samples and to make sure the equipment is working properly.  And their job doesn’t stop for bad weather. Continue reading “Division for Air Quality’s job doesn’t stop for winter weather”

DEP Annual Green Fleets Report Shows Progress

The results are in: Over the past year, the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to improve its state-owned vehicle fleet performance.  DEP is a member of Green Fleets of the Bluegrass, a voluntary program that aims to improve the environmental performance of vehicle fleets across Kentucky by reducing petroleum fuel use. Green Fleets is administered by the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition (KCFC).

According to the annual Green Fleets survey, submitted by the Division for Air Quality this week, the average fuel economy of DEP’s fleet rose from 19.0 to 19.79 miles per gallon in 2014.  The increased fuel economy is the result of strategic fleet management including: Continue reading “DEP Annual Green Fleets Report Shows Progress”