Mid-South Air Pollution Causing Some to Breathe Uneasy

Mid-South Air Pollution Causing Some to Breathe Uneasy

With the city of Memphis bringing vehicle emissions testing to a halt, some are raising questions about the quality of air and safety of residents.

MEMPHIS, TN--With the city of Memphis bringing vehicle emissions testing to a halt, some are raising questions about the quality of air and safety of residents. 

According to the Shelby County Health Department, right now the Mid-South air quality is about average. Most Mid-South pollution comes from cars, trucks and planes, but even with the inspection stoppage, health officials say the amount of emission increase will be minimal.

“Reductions are happening pretty dramatically with mobile sources because of new cars and trucks,” says Bob Rogers, Technical Manager of Pollution Control with Shelby County.

When it comes to industrial pollution, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plant on McKellar Lake for example, has shown signs of lower air emissions.

TVA spokesman Chris Stanley says, “We look at all water quality. We look at air quality. We are looking at state guidelines, federal guidelines to make sure we follow those.” 

The Allen Coal Plant has requested a permit renewal. The Shelby County Health Department will have a public meeting next month to get input from the community on the renewal.

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