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STAR Program Wins National Award

Thursday May 10, 2007

Clean Air Excellence Awards Announced by EPA

Louisville’s efforts to reduce toxic chemicals in the air have won a national award from United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District is one of 11 groups nationwide to receive the EPA’s 2007 Clean Air Excellence Awards.

The award is for Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program, STAR, which was approved in 2005.

“The STAR initiative is a progressive program to clean Louisville’s air,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “Our city is leading the country in reducing pollutants — and this award is a nice recognition of that.”

Proposed after 60 meetings with 1,300 people attending, STAR has regulatory and stakeholder components. It was adopted following an air monitoring study that found several chemicals at unsafe levels in Louisville’s air.

“We are honored that EPA has chosen STAR as an example of an innovative and effective program. This further validates our view of the program as a strong method for making Louisville’s air safer to breathe,” said Art Williams, APCD Director.

The Government Accountability Office, in a report on EPA’s air toxics program, identified the STAR program as having innovative and unique features that could serve as a model at the local, state and federal levels. http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06669.pdf.

The Clean Air Excellence Awards were handed out by the last night during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  See EPA's press release.