Crittenden & Shelby Counties Joining Forces to Fight EPA

MAY 20, 2004 - Posted at 11:10 a.m. CDT

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - To increase the prospect of economic development, the governments in Crittenden County in Arkansas and Shelby County in Tennessee are pairing up to hire legal help.

The counties were designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as not meeting clean air standards. The counties want the label lifted so a planned truck parts plant and other potential employers won't have to worry about having to meet tougher emission standards than elsewhere in the country.

The truck parts plant is to break ground this summer in Marion, and officials say an assembly plant could follow.

Crittenden County Judge Melton Holt says he signed a letter of intent to retain a Dallas law firm and a consultant from Chicago. Officials say it is best for the counties to work together, considering they are in different states and different EPA districts.

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