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Title Let's Clear the Air
Subject Air--Pollution
Description The Thirty-Sixth Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator De Nevers, Noel, 1932-
Publisher The Frederick William Reynolds Association
Date 1973-02-20
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications Original scanned on Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner and saved as 400 ppi uncompressed tiff. Display images generated in PhotoshopCS and uploaded into CONTENTdm Aquisition Station.
Resource Identifier,1266
Source TD883 .D45 1973
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Let's clear the air," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
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Title Page15
Description "LET'S CLEAR THE AIR" 15 Having determined, on the basis of medical evidence, what this value is for various pollutants, the administrators were directed to set primary standards that, if met, would guarantee no health damage in humans and secondary standards that would protect human welfare; e.g., no property, vegetation, or animal damage. Once these standards were set, the states were directed to prepare plans showing how they would go about assuring that the standards were never exceeded anywhere in their state. These plans were to be submitted to the federal administration for review. If acceptable, they were to be approved; if not, the federal administrators were directed to promulgate plans with force of law to replace all or part of the state plans. All of these actions were provided with mandatory completion dates. The whole process was to take two years. Although the states were free to impose whatever regulations they wished on industries, homes and commercial establishments, Congress recognized that the states should not each set a special set of rules for motor vehicles, so they pre-empted that role for the federal government. The history of the response of the motor-vehicle industry to the discovery that motor vehicles were a principal contributor to air pollution is long and colorful. It is not one of which the auto industry can be proud. I haven't time to recall it here; but, based on that history and on other events of that day, Congress was quite stringent â€" some say vindictive â€" in its auto regulations. It instructed the administrators of the act to study the air-pollution problems to which autos contribute and, based on that study, to set the appropriate regulations. However, Congress added the proviso that, regardless of the findings of fact or need made by the administrators of the act, the regulations must require at least a 90% reduction in the emissions from 1970 model autos, whether this was needed to meet the air-quality standards or not. Since the 1970 model autos are significantly cleaner than the uncontrolled autos of the late 1950's and early 1960's, this represents a formidable technological challenge to the auto companies and one which Congress specifically wrote into the law so that the auto manufacturers could not weaken it through political pressure on the administrators of the Clean Air Act. In addition, Congress confronted another air-pollution problem in the dispersion of air pollution from densely settled areas to sparsely settled ones. An example of this dispersion is the large power-plant complex which was built in a remote area of northwestern New Mexico. This plant had only rudimentary air-pollution-control devices and, thus, was much more economical to build and operate than a plant built to the higher pollution-control standards routinely used in most cities. At the time it was built, it had the enthusiastic support of the state officials
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Source Original Manuscript: Let's Clear the Air by Noel de Nevers.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
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