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Lauren Anderson Named Executive Director of Air Pollution Control District

Friday August 8, 2008

Photo of Lauren Anderson, new APCD Executive Director Lauren Anderson has been named executive director of the Louisville Air Pollution Control District, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

Anderson replaces Art Williams, who retired earlier this year.

“I'm very excited and honored to have this opportunity to contribute positively to my hometown, to really make a difference,” Anderson said. “This agency’s work is vitally important to both human health and economic development. I know that we can continue to improve air quality while being responsive to the needs of the regulated community. My primary goal as director will be to ensure that we do our job well.”

Anderson was the attorney for the air pollution district, having served in that role since 2003. She has also worked for the Legislative Review Commission in Frankfort and was a staff attorney for the state Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of Louisville.

Abramson said that Anderson will be able to quickly step into the role of director and she already has extensive knowledge about the STAR program – the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program.

“We have come a long way in improving our air quality in Louisville, and I look forward to Lauren continuing that progressive work,” Abramson said.

The Air Pollution Control District is responsible for developing emission and ambient air standards, monitoring air quality in Louisville, and tracking trends in the surrounding metropolitan area. The agency’s goals are to ensure healthy air for breathing while helping local industries and businesses meet local, state and national air emission standards.