Posted on November 5, 2003
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander today announced that he will hold a clean air forum in Nashville on Monday, Nov. 17. The forum will focus on the impact that cleaner air has on better jobs in Tennessee. "The condition of the air in Tennessee is completely unacceptable to me and ought to be completely unacceptable to every Tennessee citizen," Alexander said. "Polluted air is damaging our economic growth. The mayors of our major cities understand that cleaner air means better jobs. They know that if our metropolitan areas are not able to meet federal standards for clean air, new restrictions will make it harder for auto parts suppliers and other industries to expand and bring good, new jobs into our state. "In 2007, most Tennesseans could be living in counties that are in violation of federal clean air laws. We need to discuss what would happen to jobs, economic development, and transportation funding if that happens, and how to prevent it from happening." The forum will begin at 9 a.m. (CST) at the Adventure Science Center (formerly the Cumberland Science Museum), located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville. It is open to the public. This will be the first of two meetings that Alexander will hold to examine the challenges Tennessee faces in cleaning up the air and possible solutions. The second forum will be in Knoxville on Tuesday, Dec. 2 and will focus on cleaner air, better health and scenic beauty in Tennessee.