Governing Law and Regulations
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division for Air Quality
Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Department for Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division for Air Quality is responsible for administering and enforcing Kentucky's air pollution rules. Kentucky's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which details strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
• Administration and enforcement. Kentucky's air program is implemented and enforced by DEP's Division for Air Quality. The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District administers and enforces air quality permitting requirements within its jurisdiction.
KENTUCKY'S AIR PROGRAM
Kentucky's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in February 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related requirements.