Federal Reorganization to Protect the Environment

by John F. Wall, (A.M.ASCE), U.S. Army Coprs of Engrs. and Doctoral Candidate; Civ. and Envir. Engrg., Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY,
Leonard B. Dworsky, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Dir.; Civ. and Envir. Engrg., Cornell Univ., Water Resources and Marine Sciences Center, Ithaca, NY,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 2, Pg. 227-250

Document Type: Journal Paper


Congress and the Executive Branch have acted spasmodically, reversed direction, and been indecisive in considering organizational proposals for evironmental activities which are widely diffused through government as integral parts of most programs. Neither the Executive Branch nor the Congress has shown a great willingness to pursue effective enforcement; without reorganization, action could have been taken to give pollution control higher priorities and greater attention. Execuvtive agencies are ineffectual in counteracting external influences, but under conditions of uncertainty, it is not unusual for action agencies to carry the public burden leaving political figures free of responsibility. The responsibility of the current environmental protection hierarchy is to prove it will be responsive to the public's evident desires to reduce stresses from environmental pollution.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Pollution | Environmental issues | Diffusion | Government | Integrals | Uncertainty principles | Political factors

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