By Richard Revesz,Jack Lienke
In 1970, Congress handed the fresh Air Act, which had the remarkably bold target of casting off primarily all pollution that posed a hazard to public health and wellbeing or welfare. yet there has been an issue: for essentially the most universal toxins, Congress empowered the EPA to set emission limits just for newly developed business amenities, such a lot significantly strength crops. present crops, against this, will be principally exempt from direct federal regulation-a regulatory perform referred to as "grandfathering." What lawmakers did not expect was once that implementing high priced specifications on new vegetation whereas giving present ones a cross may easily inspire these previous crops to stick in enterprise for much longer than initially deliberate. due to the fact that 1970, the middle difficulties of U.S. environmental coverage have flowed inexorably from the smokestacks of those coal-fired clunkers, which proceed to pollute at a ways greater charges than their more youthful peers.
In suffering for Air, Richard L. Revesz and Jack Lienke chronicle the political compromises that gave upward thrust to grandfathering, its lethal outcomes, and the repeated attempts-by presidential administrations of either parties-to make issues right.
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