STAR Regulation 5.30 required APCD to develop a proposed “Report” assess the risk to human health and welfare from minor, area, mobile and non-road mobile sources of toxic emission and a “Plan of Action” to reduce risk from these toxic emissions throughout the community. The regulation also required APCD to allow for “active and meaningful stakeholder involvement in the development of, and review and comment on, the Report and Plan of Action.”
To comply with Regulation 5.30, Mayor Jerry Abramson created a formal stakeholder group known as the STAR 5.30 Stakeholder Group. APCD invited industry and academic experts, planners, health and environmental advocates, health professionals, business representatives, and citizens to be members of group.
The STAR 5.30 Stakeholder Group began meeting in July 2006. They reviewed the overarching STAR Program, background information on toxics and other air quality issues. In November 2006, committees were formed to review several key issues and develop recommendations to reduce the risk from toxic emissions in Louisville Metro.
The Health/Risk Committee developed risk goals, which make the STAR Program the first of its kind in the country. The Report and Plan of Action Committee (RAPA) created the structure of the report and oversaw writing by APCD staff and Stakeholders. Finally, the Area and Minor Source Committee and the Mobile and Non-Road Mobile Source Committee identified sources of concern, estimated current risk levels and reviewed reasonable control options. The source committees then developed emission and exposure reduction strategies.
In July 2007, almost a year to the day from the start of the process, the STAR 5.30 Stakeholder Group agreed on goals and strategies to reduce risk from toxic emissions in our community. The Stakeholders identified several major sources of concern including dry cleaners, waste oil furnaces and diesel engines. The STAR Regulation 5.30 Stakeholder Group Report and Plan of Action is the result of the year-long collaborative effort of the members of the STAR 5.30 Stakeholder Group.
The 35 recommendations to the Air Pollution Control Board, included in Section 14, suggest strategies to reduce risk from all source sectors through a variety of implementation methods. Several traditional methods were suggested (e.g. regulation) along with voluntary risk reduction techniques, including increased education, partnership building and additional stakeholder groups.
The STAR Regulation 5.30 Stakeholder Group began its work in July 2006 and reached consensus on the Report and Plan of Action at its last meeting in August 2007. See the complete list of meetings, including agendas and documents.
The STAR Regulation 5.30 Stakeholder Group was co-chaired by Barbara Sexton Smith of the Air Pollution Control Board and Karen Scott of the Regional Airport Authority. See the complete list of STAR Regulation 5.30 Stakeholder Group members and the list of committee members.
For more information please contact APCD by email or by phone at (502) 574-6000.