Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has broken ranks with the GOP regarding a new initiative to kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a regulation aimed toward reducing the amount of smog and air pollution emitted by power plants, Think Progress reports.
"Air pollution blowing in from other states makes our citizens sick, especially children and older Tennesseans," said Alexander. "It is also a jobs issue - pollution makes our mountains smoggy, driving away tourists...makes it harder for communities to secure the air-quality permits that allow auto suppliers and other manufacturers to locate in, and bring jobs to, our state."
Aside from driving tourists away, air pollution also creates problems for residents who live in areas where this type of pollution is a concern. Those who are regularly exposed face a higher chance of developing serious health conditions such as heart and respiratory conditions and some cancers, according to the EPA.
Residents who live near offending power plants should be mindful that, in addition to the smog found outdoors, air pollution can invade a home and make the indoor air quality unsafe, especially for children and seniors. In order to ensure that a home is protected against potential health hazards, those who live in areas with a high amount of smog and pollution should consider investing in a home air purifier. Medical-grade air purifiers can improve the quality of air inside a home and protect its occupants from pollution-related health risks.