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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
ID 320531
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Title Page16
Description 16 THE THIRTY-SIXTH ANNUAL REYNOLDS LECTURE and it apparently still has the enthusiastic support of the local chamber of commerce, which considers business growth a sufficient good to overcome any objections about air pollution. Because many chambers of commerce and governmental bodies in rural areas would be glad to have "a little air pollution" in return for the business advantages of a new industry, there have been strong appeals made to industry to "come here, and forget about air-pollution control." These appeals are strongest from the areas with the poorest people, so these poor people are being offered the cruel choice of continued poverty or somewhat relieved poverty with much more polluted air to breathe. To counter this dismal cycle, Congress directed the administrators of the Clean Air Act of 1970 to set standards of performance for new industrial installations, which would limit their air-pollution emissions, and to require all new installations to meet them, regardless of where in the U.S.A. they were located. This would effectively remove possible low air-pollution-control cost as a factor in choosing a plant site. The air-pollution-control activities of the federal government are housed in the Environmental Protection Agency. The year I spent with the government was with that agency, and most of my observations are from within it. The Adversary System within the Government My first observation is that, although Congress gave EPA the responsibility to do many things, it did not give it complete power to do them or a clear field in which to operate. Within the federal bureaucracy, there are many agencies that serve different clienteles. These agencies participate in an adversary system within the government, defending the viewpoints of their various clienteles, with the final action normally representing some kind of compromise between the wishes of the various adversary branches of government. Three adversaries that EPA faces in trying to implement the Clean Air Act of 1970 are the Department of Commerce, the Bureau of Mines of the Department of the Interior, and the President's Office of Science and Technology. Ultimately, the cost of industrial pollution control will be borne by the consumers of industrial products. But, in the short run, there may be a decrease in business profits before the prices are set at a new value. For this reason, industry, with very few exceptions, is opposed to any vigorous pollution-control program. The spokesman for industry in the federal government is the Department of Commerce. Commerce immediately took on the responsibility of helping industry try to prevent the full and effective implementation of the Clean Air Act of 1970. Secretary of Commerce Stans made numerous speeches, and wrote articles attacking
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Identifier 018-RNLT-DeNeversN_Page16.jpg
Source Original Manuscript: Let's Clear the Air by Noel de Nevers.
Setname uu_fwrl
Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
ID 320518
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