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EVOLUTION OF PRESENT FEDERAL LAW

This article briefly describes the successive steps by which a body of Federal Law concerned with the three categories of environmental problems most commonly associated with degradation of the natural environment-air and water pollution and accumulation of solid wastes-has evolved from its early stages to the multi-million dollar programs of today. The discussion of water pollution contains excerpts and major points from the Rivers and Harbor Act of 1899 (commonly known as Refuse Act), The Public Health Service Act of 1912, The Oil Pollution Act of 1924, The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1956 and as amended, The Water Quality Act of 1965, Clean Water Restoration Act of 1966, and the Water Quality Improvement Act of 1970. Air pollution control is being spurred by the interest taken in water pollution, but is several years behind. Included in the section on air pollution are major points of The Clean Air Act of 1963 and its amendments of 1966, The Motor Vehicle Air Pollution Control Act of 1965, and the Air Quality Act of 1967. The third and final section deals with solid wastes, as discussed in the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965, which marks the beginning of Federal involvement in this growing problem. Basic purposes, authorizations, and programs are set forth.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Compilation Issued by Legislative Reference Service of U.S. Library of Congress
  • Publication Date: 1970-8

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  • Accession Number: 00015528
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 19 1974 12:00AM