Protesters call on Mayor Fischer to help block plan to loosen air pollution restrictions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As the city of Louisville decides on whether to loosen air pollution restrictions for a rubber plant, protesters are calling on officials to put a stop to the plan.

Crowds gathered Friday night in Jefferson Square Park to protest and perform a skit.

“I worry about my family’s health," said Eboni Cochran, who protested. "I worry about the health of everybody who is in the pathway of these chemicals."

The city is considering a plan that would reduce restrictions on the American Synthetic Rubber Plant in west Louisville.  

The Air Pollution Control District will soon decide on the request. The district said as long as the company follows proper procedures, the request must be granted.

Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green said the proposal can be denied.

“This is a city-run agency," Green said. "The mayor’s office and this organization, the agency, has the opportunity to stop this."

No matter the decision, protesters pledge to never stay silent.

“It does seem like the Air Pollution Control District is leaning toward approving the relaxing of these rules, but we don’t believe that that’s compassionate, and we don’t believe that it’s the right thing to do,” Cochran said.

The next hearing is at 6 p.m. Wednesday inside Memorial Auditorium.

Mayor Greg Fischer's spokesperson has not responded to our request for comment.

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