IMPLEMENTING THE CLEAN AIR ACT IN LOS ANGELES: THE DUTY TO ACHIEVE THE IMPOSSIBLE

Attempts to solve the air pollution problem by strict regulations impose burdens that are unpredictable in nature, magnitude, and distribution. Therefore, such regulations inevitably prove to be politically unacceptable and ultimately ineffective. This article examines implementation of the Clean Air Act in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. It is hoped this examination will facilitate appropriate amendment of the Act and, more importantly, that it may offer some understanding of the dynamics of legislative solution to an environmental problem that is fundamentally a part of the economic and social fabric of our society. Major early milestones in the attempt to implement the Act in California's South Coast Air Basin and outlined. The article then discusses selected problems encountered in the implementation process, as well as certain decisions made by public agencies, not in an attempt to reconstruct the actual decision-making process, but rather to shed light on some of the real problems facing such decision-makers in an attempt to explain in conceptual terms why greater progress was not achieved.

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    University of California, Berkeley

    School of Law, Boalt Hall
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720
  • Authors:
    • Chernow, E
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00095982
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1975 12:00AM