Thursday February 12, 2004
A contingent including Mayor Jerry Abramson’s top environmental advisers, a representative from U.S. Congresswoman Anne Northup’s office and state environmental leaders will meet with leading EPA officials in Atlanta tomorrow to discuss alternatives for meeting federal air quality mandates.
A federal judge last month declared Louisville Metro couldn’t end the Vehicle Emissions Testing program without approval from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. A state law adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly mandated the VET’s closing, which Abramson complied with last year.
“We believe we can improve air quality in this community without bringing back the VET,” Abramson said. “The question is whether EPA officials will allow us to modify the State Implementation Plan to include alternatives.”
The following group will meet with Beverly Bannister, Director of the Air, Pesticides, Toxic Management Division, and Kay Prince, chief of the division’s Air Planning Section:
Louisville Metro Government · Bruce Traughber, Secretary, Community Development Cabinet
· Tina Heavrin, Legal Counsel to the Mayor · Art Williams, Director, Air Pollution Control District
· Jon Trout, Assistant Director, Air Pollution Control District Commonwealth of Kentucky · Lloyd Cress, Commissioner, Department for Environmental Protection
· John Lyons, Director, Division for Air Quality Congresswoman Anne Northup's Office
· Brooken Smith, Legislative Assistant, Washington Office