Crittenden County Officials Upset Over Pollution Restrictions

APRIL 19, 2004 - Posted at 4:16 p.m. CDT

MARION, AR - Crittenden County officials are upset at the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to put restrictions on the county because of poor air quality.  They blame the pollution levels on nearby DeSoto County, Mississippi, which was not cited for pollution.

Eddie Brawley, director of the Crittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, says the Memphis suburb has twice the impact on air quality as Crittenden County.  He says the Mississippi county has more than twice as many households, almost three times as many vehicles, four times the number of commuters and almost double the amount of emissions.

Three counties in the Memphis Metropolitan Statistical Area, Crittenden and DeSoto counties and Shelby County, Tennessee, have been working for five years to cut emissions.

Kay Brockwell, Marion's director of Economic Development, said the effort has already hurt business recruitment because new industrial plants must meet a higher standard for emissions.

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