National Policy on Air Pollution Control

by Vernon G. MacKenzie,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1964, Vol. 90, Issue 6, Pg. 51-58

Document Type: Journal Paper


The development of the federal interest in air pollution as reflected by the legislative history and the evolution of the federal program in this field is reviewed The major provisions of federal legislation from its inception in 1955 to the present Clean Air Act is presented and it is shown how these provisions evolved as a result of national needs. The activities of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare under the various legislative authorities are briefly described. The Clean Air Act of 1963 is placed in perspective as part of the evolutionary federal policy in air pollution control, and various provisions of the Act are discussed in depth. The United States policy on air pollution control is not necessarily fixed with the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1963; if air pollution control is not progressing sufficiently to meet national needs, the national policy will undergo revision.

Subject Headings: Air pollution | Federal government | Legislation | Air quality | History | Education | United States

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