Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is offering a bill that would make the EPA's clean air rules governing cross-border air pollution standards into law.
Republican Alexander and Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas are offering the bill as an alternative to a measure up for a vote Thursday. That bill is being offered by Tea Party favorite Rand Paul. Paul’s legislation would eliminate the cross-border pollution regulations all together.
Alexander and Pryor have introduced a bill that would convert the EPA rules into law, but give utilities an extra year to implement it.
Tennessee lost more than 56 hundred manufacturing jobs over the past year, and that’s actually good news. The state lost four times that number of industrial jobs in the previous year.
The business directory, the Tennessee Manufacturers Register, says the state lost about 1.5 percent of its manufacturing jobs. The register says Tennessee is now home to just over 7200 manufacturers employing right at 375,ooo thousand workers.