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Environmental Laws: Clean Air Act 1970

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The Clean Air Act is the federal law which has communicated to guarantee that we have air that isn’t polluted and safe for us to breathe. The law main objective is for public health protection, and also seeks to protect the environment from air pollution.

• The features of the Clean Air Act:

Set national health-based air quality standards for protection against common pollutants including ozone, carbon monoxide, sculpture dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and lead.

• New approaches were created for cleaning of the air in order to meet the heath standards within a agreed period. EPA sets national standards for major sources of air pollution in the form of automobiles, trucks and electric power plants.

The Clean Air Act was passed by Congress in 1970, and was amended in 1977 and once again in 1990 to extend time limit, but has specified new approaches for cleaning the air.

With enforcing new laws the government will ensured that the air should be cleaner and hereby creating public health system. It has been shown that the toxic lead emission have dropped by 98% and the sculpture dioxide has drop by 35%, even the carbon monoxide dropped by 32% (2010)

Argument over Clean Air Act

• In 2008, George W. Bush conveyed a lot of changes in the implementation of the Clean Air Act by the Environmental Protection Agency. Bush wanted to make the "public health" and "public welfare" air standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency the same

• Bush later announced that the recommendations set by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee would not follow, rather link the "public health" and "public welfare" standards. By doing this, the President was actually setting a lower air quality benchmark than what the scientists


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