Local Air Quality Campaign
The Jefferson County Chapter is working to help Louisville and surrounding areas breathe easy! Emissions from chemical plants and coal fired power plants are not just West and Southwest Louisville's problems. Our chapter is organizing to raise awareness of how these emissions impact everyone's health. We are also working with residents living in close proximity these plants to hold corporate polluters and the city accountable for dangerous emissions.
Our chapter formed a local Air Quality team in the summer of 2013. This team is partnering with Rubbertown Emergency ACTion (REACT), a grassroots organization of residents living near or at the fence lines of a cluster of 11 chemical plants commonly referred to as Rubbertown, to host trainings for residents living near Rubbertown chemical plants. Residents are learning how to report and document bad odors during a spring/summer Odor Response Team project. If you have questions about this project or would like to get involved, please contact Alicia (firstname.lastname@example.org, 502-589-3188).
“Rubbertown” (which sits between the Ohio River and Shawnee Expressway) gets its name from the petroleum products that once dominated production at its plants. Its history is intertwined with Louisville's growth in the industrial age. Currently there are eleven companies that make up Rubbertown. It is considered a major employer in the city of Louisville. Rubbertown is host the largest source of industrial emissions in the Jefferson County area. The Rubbertown area accounts for 42% of air emissions in Jefferson County.
Smoke Stacks at the Mill Creek LG&E Power Plant in Louisville.
Map of Rubbertown