The Political Debate Surrounding the Expiration of the Clean Air Act in Sept., 1981
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The Clean Air Act, as most people might know, was passed to protect the public from air pollution. It also, though, is designed to protect crops, forests, buildings, and other man-made structures. Its intentions and subsequent regulations have focused primarily on ambient or outdoor air, and it is one of the most extensive and complicated of all Federal laws. It may be wondered by some how healthy or unhealthy the air may be, and what has been the effect of air pollution legislation on air quality. This paper will first briefly deal with this question, specifically looking at the status of air quality in the country from the vantage point of 1981, when Congress began serious consideration for reauthorizing the Clean Air Act. Then, there will be a more thorough look at the re authorization debate around the Clean Air Act's expiration of September, 1981. Following this look at the Clean Air Act debate and considering the outcome, the status of air quality will then be reexamined briefly from the perspective of the mid-1980's.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.