Louisville Air Monitoring Fails State Audit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A state audit has found serious flaws in how the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District monitored soot, leading Mayor Greg Fischer to order a review of the agency.

The Kentucky Division for Air Quality audit found issues with data handling, lab operations and other procedures dating back to 2009. The newspaper says the problems are serious enough to raise the possibility of jeopardizing the region's compliance with the Clean Air Act.

Fischer's spokesman, Chris Poynter, said Wednesday that a private consultant will review facilities, equipment and whether "we have the right people in the right slots."

The federal Environmental Protection Agency declined to comment on the matter, saying its audit is not yet complete.

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