Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District Reorganizes
By Bradley E. Dillon, Attorney, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (LMAPCD) has announced changes to its structure and personnel to address issues identified in audits of its Air Quality Monitoring Program conducted by the EPA and Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) as well as two independent audits of its operations.
As reported in the fourth quarter 2013 Air Quality Letter, Mayor Fischer appointed Keith Talley, Sr. as the Director of the LMAPCD on Jan. 17, 2014. The restructuring has created a new position, Assistant Director, to which Rachel Hamilton has been appointed. Ms. Hamilton, an attorney who was in private practice before joining the LMAPCD about five years ago, will report to Mr. Talley. In addition to Ms. Hamilton’s appointment, other staff moves include: Billy DeWitt has been placed in charge of air monitoring; Michelle King has taken a new position as Executive Administrator of Strategic Planning and Administration; and Matt King, a former permitting supervisor, has been promoted to Engineering Manager in charge of Enforcement and Compliance. Paul Aud continues as the Air Pollution Control Officer.
After the restructuring, Terri Phelps, the head of Enforcement, will now report to Mr. King, who in turn will report to Ms. Hamilton. Mr. Talley stated at the April LMAPCD Board meeting that the new structure will allow enforcement personnel to work with compliance officers in addressing noncompliances and to assure more timely notices of violation. While the reorganization has not been completed, it is anticipated that there will be a reduction in staffing. The former Environmental Programs Division, which made recommendations on such issues as climate change, urban heat, and land use, is now part of the Strategic Planning and Administration Section. The LMAPCD hopes that the restructuring changes will allow it to focus on timely issuance and reissuance of air quality permits, effective and timely enforcement and continuing involvement with sustainability issues through cooperation with other Metro government agencies.