Air Quality Task Force (2003-2006)

This page is about the meeting and actions of the (ozone) Air Quality Task Force in 2003-2006; see Ozone Air Quality Task Force for meetings and actions in 2008.  See also the Fine Particle Air Quality Task Force (2007-2008).

The Air Quality Task Force was created by Mayor Jerry Abramson on December 4, 2003, to help develop a long-term strategy to improve the Louisville Metro community's air quality. The panel included business leaders, environmental activists, neighborhood representatives, regional representatives and local government representatives. Bruce Traughber, secretary of the Cabinet for Community Development, chaired the Air Quality Task Force.

The task force's responsibility was to identify, evaluate and recommend strategies to Air Pollution Control Board as the Board develops a new State Implementation Plan that outlines how the community will meet new, more stringent standards for ozone and particulate matter. On January 16, 2004, Mayor Abramson asked the Task Force, with help of Air Pollution Control District staff, to evaluate methods to used in other communities to improve air quality, as alternatives to the discontinued Vehicle Emissions Testing program. (See the January 16, 2004 press release.)  The task force began meeting January 30, 2004. After completing its final report in January 2006, the Task Force was deactivated.

In January 2008, the task force was reactivated as the Ozone Air Quality Task Force.  Follow the link for more information.

Task force members for 2004-2006 included:

  • Environmental and neighborhood members:
    • Leslie Barras, River Fields
    • Tom FitzGerald, Kentucky Resources Council
    • Arnita Gadson, West Jefferson County Community Task Force
    • Suzy Post, Metropolitan Housing Coalition
    • Bill Conway, Louisville Council of Neighborhoods
  • Business/Industry Representatives:
    • Bill Samuels, Maker's Mark
    • Graham Baughman, Thornton Oil
    • Dennis Karl, Ford Motor Co.
    • Tim Corrigan, Greater Louisville, Inc.
    • Pat Moran, Stites and Harbison
    • George Siemens, LG&E
    • Tim Hagerty, Frost Brown Todd LLC
    • Christy Brown, Louisville Stoneware
  • Health Community Representatives:
    • Dr. Robert Powell, Norton Healthcare
    • Dr. Larry Palmer, the University of Louisville
  • Regional Representatives:
    • Jack Ragland, Southern Indiana Economic Development
    • Dewey McClearn, representing Bullitt County Judge-Executive Kenny Rigdon
    • Charles Garmon, Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center, Henryville, Indiana
  • Representatives of Government:
    • Denise Bentley, First District Metro Councilwoman
    • Reginald Meeks, 42nd District Kentucky State Representative
    • Bruce Traughber, secretary of the Cabinet for Community Development, serving as chair

For more information regarding the Air Quality Task Force, call (502) 574-6000.


Strategies to Improve Air Quality

In 1999, the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) created a Clean Air Task Force of 32 leading environmental officials from local governments across the US, including APCD Director Art Williams. The NALGEP Clean Air Task Force reviewed and collected information on a number of examples of innovative strategies that state and local environmental agencies have used to reduce air pollution. These strategies are described these in a report titled Profiles of Local Clean Air Innovation: Empowering Communities to Meet the Air Quality Challenges of the 21st Century. Jefferson County is profiled for the pollution prevention program of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center.