THE AUTOMOBILE AND THE REGULATION OF ITS IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

The automobile provides one of America's most profound environmental and economic dilemmas. Automotive transportation has become an integral part of the American life style, and the production, distribution, and servicing of automobiles, together with the fuel industry, have become major elements of the national economy. In addition, many other industries and commercial interests--highway construction and the reaction industry, for example--are related to the automobile, as are many aspects of contemporary urban life. The automobile is a mainstay of the American economy, but side effects, ranging from its contribution to deterioration of air quality in urban areas to urban congestion and urban noise, have made it one of the principal foci of environmental and, most recently, energy concerns. This book deals systematically with problems of regulating automotive air pollution and with other aspects of environmental pollution caused by the automobile--noise, water pollution from used crankcase oil, and solid waste problems caused by junked cars. Its assessments are offered from legal and economic, as well as technological, perspectives. In this study, the authors examine in great detail a number of alternatives strategies for contending with automotive pollution. These include a rollback strategy relying on emission controls, mandatory inspection and repair strategies, traffic control, and legislative action. In each of these areas, careful consideration is given to the legislative history of pollution control and to the current and projected impact of the Clean Air Amendments of 1970.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Jointly sponsored by NSF and New York City Bar Association.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Columbia University

    Legislative Drafting Research Fund
    New York, NY  USA  11010
  • Authors:
    • Grad, F P
    • Rosenthal, A J
    • Rockett, L R
    • Fay, J A
    • Heywood, J
    • Kain, J F
    • Ingram, G K
    • Harrison Jr, D
    • Tietenberg, T
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 495 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099549
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF/RA/X-74-023
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-GI-29965
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM