- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A federal decision that the Memphis area is now in compliance with smog standards is giving hope to officials working to recruit industry to the region.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/28TSkIX) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency noncompliance designation will be lifted on July 25, making it easier and cheaper for industrial developments to get air-pollution permits.

A decade ago, officials blamed the Memphis area’s noncompliance for hampering efforts to land a new Toyota plant that ended up being built near Tupelo, Mississippi. Recruiters say that some industries won’t even consider communities that don’t meet federal smog standards.

Mark Herbison, senior vice president of economic development for the Greater Memphis Chamber, says the decision puts the region “back on the radar screen for major industrial projects.”

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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