Air quality may hurt auto plant chances

(April 22, 2004) - (Little rock-AP) -- 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, in the area designated as having too much ozone. Crittenden County officials say the rule is unfair because the 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.