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Louisville air considered 'unclassifiable' by EPA

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Walking down the streets of Louisville, most people don't even think twice about the air they breathe.

“If you go back to the 1940's when you could see the air, it was that bad, we've come a long way,” said Thomas Nord with the Air Pollution Control District.

The EPA took Louisville off the bad air list last week and put the city in a new category.

“We've been designated as unclassifiable,” said Nord.

It's a classification with a gray area. Not good, but not bad.

“We don't have enough data yet to be put on the good air list,” said Nord.

The EPA is constantly increasing air standards. When the agency did so in 2012, it realized Louisville was not monitoring soot or air particles properly. That made it difficult to prove the city was meeting the standards.

“We failed to properly maintain the network. We failed to properly check the data, we didn't have enough checks and balances, people weren't backing each other up, and the instrumentation wasn't properly calibrated,” said Nord.

Nord says now that the checks and balances are back in place, he's confident the city is moving in the right direction with meeting the standards. He adds cleaner cars are helping with the air pollution as well as the power plant on Cane Run Road using more natural gas instead of coal.

Throughout this process he says the EPA is being supportive. The federal agency is expected to re-evaluate Louisville's air quality again in 2016.

“You're unclassifiable. You're not up, you're not down, but this is a good place to be considering where we've come from,” said Nord.

You can check the air quality every day in Louisville by visiting the Air Pollution Control District website.

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