Air Pollution Permits and Compliance

The APCD is responsible for regulating air pollution in Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky. The agency issues permits to industry, businesses, and individuals for processes and activities that create air pollution. The goal of the APCD’s permitting and compliance program is to meet and maintain federal and local air quality standards and provide a healthy environment for citizens.

Compliance Through Permitting

The permitting program allows the APCD to develop a working partnership with companies and individuals by:

  • Evaluating processes and activities that create air pollution; and
  • Helping companies and individuals understand their responsibilities to comply with APCD and federal regulations and laws.

For industry and business, this may mean tracking compliance of permitted facilities through regular inspections and data reporting or monitoring activities and practices of permitted businesses. For the community, it may mean permit assistance for activities like asbestos removal and recreational bonfires.

If you or the business you operate cause, or have the potential to cause air emissions, you are probably subject to APCD regulations and may need a permit. Here are some of the most common types of businesses, facilities and activities regulated by the APCD:

Businesses and Facilities
  • Asphalt plants
  • Automotive body shops
  • Boilers
  • Chemical plants
  • Concrete batch plants
  • Control devices
  • Distilleries
  • Dry cleaners
  • Factories
  • Gasoline storage and dispensing facilities
  • Generators
  • Grain handling operations
  • Incinerators
  • Parts cleaners
  • Petroleum product terminals
  • Power plants
  • Printers
  • Waste oil furnaces
  • Asbestos removal
  • Agriculture/land clearing
  • Construction
  • Demolition/wrecking
  • Open burning
  • Building renovation

Compliance Through Enforcement

Not all partnerships run smoothly. And when there is a breakdown, it may become necessary for APCD to take steps to bring alleged violators into compliance through enforcement. After a thorough investigation, if a violation is found to have occurred, the District may issue a Notice of Violation and penalties may be assessed. The primary goal of any APCD enforcement action is to secure compliance with regulations and to protect public health and safety.