Alexander on EPA’s “Smog” Designations for Shelby, Knox, Blount and Anderson Counties

Posted on May 1, 2012

NASHVILLE – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today
released the following statement on the EPA’s announcement that Shelby, Knox,
Blount and Anderson counties do not meet the air quality standards established by
the Bush administration in 2008 for ground-level ozone, also known as smog:

“The EPA’s announcement today is exactly the reason I have
sponsored and voted for laws to stop dirty air from blowing into Tennessee from
other states, which jeopardizes our health and our ability to attract new
jobs.”

The Alexander-Pryor legislation – S. 1815, the Cross-State
Air Pollution Act – would give the EPA the authority it needs to keep dangerous
emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2, or soot) and nitrous oxide (NOx,
or ozone, also known as smog) from blowing in from power plants from
neighboring states, while providing utilities sufficient time to comply with
the new requirements.

Alexander recently said on the Senate floor that ozone and
other air pollutants, in addition to being a health hazard, can have a big
impact on Tennessee’s economy: “When the Nissan plant was thinking about
locating in the United States 20 years ago, it thought of Tennessee, and the
first thing the officials did was to go down to the state air quality board and
get an air quality permit for their paint plant. And because the air was clean
enough for them to get it, Nissan located in Tennessee, and today a state that
had almost no auto jobs has about a third of its manufacturing jobs in the auto
business. In other words, clean air for us means good jobs.”

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