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Gas compressor air quality bill opposed by business groups

May 17, 2016

The Tennessean

May 17, 2016


Legislation that would let Metro block new gas compressor stations in Nashville because of air quality concerns is getting resistance from an army of pro-business lobbying groups, which have warned the proposal could strain economic development and prompt intervention from the state legislature.

Councilman Fabian Bedne is the lead sponsor of an ordinance that would add gas compressor stations to the list of facilities that are regulated locally as a “major source” of air pollutants in Nashville. The bill would require that gas compressor stations obtain construction permits to open, and it would enable the city’s health department director to deny a construction permit if a facility violates air quality standards.

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