APCD Notice of Public Meeting

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Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District
Notice of Public Meeting

What action is the District taking?

The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District is announcing a public meeting on proposed amendments to Regulations 1.02, Definitions; 1.11 Control of Open Burning; 1.13, Control of Objectionable Odors in the Ambient Air; and 1.15, Version of Federal Regulations Incorporated by Reference.

The public meeting will be held via video teleconference, with an option to attend in the Edison Room of the Edison Center at 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., January 19, 2023.

Where can I get a copy of the proposed action?

A paper copy of the proposal may be obtained from the District by contacting us at (502)574-6000. Please specify that you are calling about Regulations 1.02, 1.11, 1.13, and 1.15, provide your name and mailing address, and allow time for processing and delivery via USPS. An electronic copy of the proposal and all related materials may be downloaded from the District’s website at https://louisvilleky.gov/APCD/Docket.

In addition to the proposed amendments for each regulation, there is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), as well as a more detailed Preliminary Regulatory Impact Assessment (PRIA) explaining the proposals and rationales in detail.

What is the difference between the Public Meeting and the Public Hearing already announced?

The public hearing previously announced on these regulations (see below for more information) is a formal opportunity to make oral comment on the proposed amendments to the regulations, and for the District to accept that comment and respond later in a formal response to comment document. The public hearing does not include opportunity for Q&A about the proposed action. The public meeting is an opportunity for the District to informally give information on the proposed amendments and have a discussion with the public regarding them, including answering any questions you may have. The public meeting does not include opportunity to submit oral comments on the proposed action.

How can I comment on this action?

You can now comment in writing online at https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/ comment-on-apcd-proposed-action, or by mail to the Board Secretary-Treasurer, Byron Gary, Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 303, Louisville, KY 40203, until 5:00 p.m., February 16, 2023. Oral statements will now be accepted at a public hearing held via video teleconferences at 6:00 p.m., February 9, and continued at 10:00 a.m. March 15, 2023. Oral statements will also be accepted at those times in the Edison Room of the Edison Center at 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40203. Instructions on attending the teleconferences will be posted at https://louisvilleky.gov/APCD/Docket before the hearing and emailed to subscribers of APCD Public Notices (https://louisvilleky.gov/government/air-pollution-control-district/subscribe-stay-informed-apcd).

Summary of proposal

The proposal would amend Regulation 1.02 to incorporate a list of trivial activities and update the definition of volatile organic compounds. Regulation 1.11 would be amended to allow for use of accelerants in prescribed burns only. Regulation 1.13 would be amended to more closely match KRS 77.155, Prohibited emission of air contaminants, and Kentucky common law. Regulation 1.15 would be amended to update the version of federal regulations incorporated by reference.

Who is affected by this rule?

What types of facilities does the rule cover?  The proposed amendments all fall within Part 1, General Provisions, of the District’s Regulations and apply to not only regulated facilities, but in some cases the public in general.

What are the demographics of those living in the area or impacted by the proposal?  The amendments, being general in nature, affect Louisville Metro at large. However, odor issues disproportionately tend to affect central and west Louisville, in particular the areas known as Butchertown and Rubbertown.

Will this action lead to an increase or decrease in emissions?

This action is not expected to lead to either an increase or decrease in emissions.

Will this proposal create patterns of advantage or disadvantage based on identity?

The District does not believe this proposal would lead to or create any patterns of advantage or disadvantage based on identity.

What is the timeline for this action?

The comment period began November 16, 2022, and runs through February 16, 2023. Oral comments will be accepted at a public hearing at 6:00 p.m., February 9, and continued at 10:00 a.m. March 15, 2023. The amendments are expected to be on the agenda under new business at the regular meeting of the Board to be held on March 15, 2023.