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Kentucky's Air Monitoring Network​

Map of Kentucky showing locations of ambient air monitoring stations

Kentucky's 2019-2020 ambient air monitoring network.


Sites and Locations

  • 25 ambient air monitoring sites in 23 Kentucky counties operated by the Division for Air Quality;
  • Six ambient air monitoring sites in Jefferson County, operated by the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District;
  • One ambient air monitoring site operated by the National Park Service at Mammoth Cave National Park.

The combined total ambient air monitoring network consists of 118 instruments, including 18 meteorological stations, located at 32 sites across 25 counties.

The locations of the monitoring stations are selected in accordance with U.S. EPA regulatory requirements and are generally established near populous areas or pollutant sources. Each year the station locations are reviewed to ensure that adequate coverage is being provided. 

Pollutants Measured

The majority of the Division for Air Quality’s ambient air monitoring network is designed to measure the six criteria pollutants, which EPA has determined pose the greatest risk to public health:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Lead
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Ozone
  • Particulate Matter
  • Sulfur Dioxide

The remainder of the Kentucky’s ambient air monitoring network consists of sites and equipment designed to support the criteria pollutant network or to measure air pollutants for which National Ambient Air Monitoring Standards (NAAQS) do not exist. These include meteorological stations and air toxics monitoring stations.