About the Air Pollution Control District

The APCD implements the Federal Clean Air Act in Louisville, working in partnership with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The director is appointed by the Mayor of Louisville. Responsibilities of the District include issuing and enforcing permits for sources of air pollution, monitoring the ambient air to ensure that it meets federal air quality standards, and investigating and addressing community reports of air quality issues.

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2022 APCD Annual Report

APCD’s Mission Statement: The Air Pollution Control District protects air quality in Louisville Metro to ensure healthy air for breathing, economic security, and prosperity for all Louisvillians. 

APCD’s Equity Statement: The APCD will ensure the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of APCD regulations, programs, and policies. Fair treatment means no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative air quality consequences resulting from industrial, governmental, and commercial operations or policies.

APCD Sections

Air Monitoring

The Air Monitoring section is responsible for monitoring Louisville's air to make sure it is meeting national air quality standards and is safe and healthy for all citizens.


The Permitting section issues permits for construction and operation of industrial and commercial facilities to ensure adherence to federal, state, and local air pollution laws.


The Compliance section enforces the regulations and requirements that maintain air quality standards in Louisville, and investigates air-pollution reports filed by citizens. 


APCD Administration ensures effective and efficient management of all aspects of the agency to help achieve its mission. 

Program Planning

The Program Planning section collaborates with partners to develop community-wide policies and strategies for achieving cleaner air in Louisville Metro.

Air Pollution Control Board 

The APCD is governed by the Air Pollution Control Board, which is comprised of seven private citizens appointed by the mayor and approved by Metro Council.

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