Air Pollution Could Hurt Chances for Auto Plant in Crittenden County

APRIL 22, 2004 - Posted at 11:36 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Officials are expressing concern that Crittenden County's chance of attracting an auto plant could be hurt because of air quality problems.

The county in far eastern Arkansas is lumped in with Memphis, Tennessee, an area identified as having too much ozone.  Crittenden County officials say the rule is unfair because most of the pollution is not coming from the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River.

The state is considering an appeal of the federal designation.

Officials say that an automobile plant or other major manufacturer would be unlikely to locate in an area where it would have to meet elevated emission-control standards.

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