Sen. Alexander Hit With Attack Ads

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has television ads attacking him, criticizing him for not opposing EPA regulations on coal-fired plants and air pollution. Alexander has toured the state arguing that he is not anti-coal, but cannot support an effort that leads to more air pollution.

Alexander got a boost in Chattanooga when an air-quality official there pointed to the new multi-million dollar Volkswagen plant and said if it were not for efforts to clean up the air it wouldn't be there. Much of East Tennessee, in a bowl between the Cumberland Plateau and the Smoky Mountains, has been on a watch list for air quality that would prevent any industrial development from occurring.