Any individual, group or business with a vested interest (a stake) in the success of an organization is considered to be a stakeholder.
Stakeholders can include employees, internal teams, customers, vendors and even members of the surrounding community or local economy who are affected by regulations or policy decisions.
APCD has engaged stakeholders for the last several years in an effort to develop policy with greater input from the community at large. The input led to reductions of several types of pollutants in our community.
Achieving attainment with Federal standards for ground level ozone has been the focus of three stakeholder groups convened by APCD: the SIP Advisory Panel (1997-2003), the Air Quality Task Force see plan of action (2003-2006), and the Ozone Air Quality Task Force (2008).
The Fine Particle Air Quality Task Force (2007-2008) developed a Report and Plan of Action for our area to meet the Federal standard for fine particle pollution (PM 2.5).
Toxic Air Contaminants
Other groups were chosen as part of Louisville’s effort to reduce the risk of toxic air contaminants in our community. These groups met in the months and years following adoption of the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction (STAR) program.
The STAR Implementation Advisory Group (2005-2007) and the STAR Advisory Group (2009) met to address the concerns citizens and members of the regulated community regarding the STAR Program and to bring more clarity to its implementation. This was especially important since STAR is the most protective program of its kind in the nation.
The STAR Regulation 5.30 Stakeholder Group met in 2006 and 2007 to assess and address the risk to human health and welfare from ambient concentrations of toxic air contaminants (TACs) from minor stationary sources, area sources, non-road mobile sources, and mobile sources. That group concluded its work with a Report and Plan of Action.
The Leak Detection and Repair Workgroup met in 2008 in an effort to develop recommendations for enhanced leak detection and repair at several of Louisville’s emission sources.
APCD also convened the Idling Reduction Working Group to help in developing a plan for reducing pollution by reducing unnecessary vehicle idling. Idling accounts for increases in many pollutants including toxics, ozone, and fine particles.