Crittenden County Gets New EPA Designation

FEBRUARY 14, 2006 - Posted at 8:10 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have announced that the Environmental Protection Agency reclassified Crittenden County so that new industry won't have to meet more strict air-pollution standards.  The change improves the chances of the county attracting an automobile plant.

Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and Representative Marion Berry, all Democrats, announced yesterday that the EPA agreed to re-classify the county as an Economic Development Zone under the Clean Air Act.

This designation lifts restrictions on development in the county imposed by its proximity to Memphis, Tennessee.

The state has been monitoring the county's ozone levels since it was declared out of compliance with federal standards.

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