Accession Number : ADA332615

Title :   Federalism and Environmental Protection: Case Studies for Drinking Water and Ground-Level Ozone

Corporate Author : CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA332615

Report Date : NOV 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : In 1970, the federal government established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and began to take over a large part of the decisionmaking responsibility for environmental protection that had previously belonged to state and local governments. By 1974, the Congress had charged that newly created agency with the responsibility for establishing national standards for air pollutants, drinking water contaminants, and water pollutants discharged by industries. Since 1974, federal decisionmaking responsibility has continued to expand. It now includes selling performance standards for treating and disposing of hazardous wastes, issuing regulations to reduce the risks from the production and use of commercial chemical substances, and evaluating the need for cleaning up abandoned hazardous waste sites.

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, GROUND LEVEL, CONGRESS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, AIR POLLUTION, DRINKING WATER, WATER POLLUTION, CONTAMINANTS, HAZARDOUS WASTES, OZONE.

Subject Categories : Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE