1977 Clean Air Act: Cheapest Way to Clean Up the Environment—

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 3, Pg. 85-86

Document Type: Feature article


What impact is the Clean Air Act of 1977 having on American industry? Is the law the most cost effective way to clean up the nation's air? The power industry dislikes the Congressional requirement that all new power plants must have scrubbers — no matter how low the sulfur content of the incoming coal. They resent Congress and EPA dictating engineering solutions — makes for much waste. Give us emission standards, they say, and let us decide how to meet them. Others in industry say the new law — especially its requirement to prevent significant deterioration of existing air quality — will severely limit growth. Some say this PSD provision should be thrown out, that it has nothing to do with protecting the public's health and welfare. The Clean Act is certain to have a dramatic impact on America — on its electric bills, its growth, its land use, on inflation. This law is not the most cost effective way to clean up the environment.

Subject Headings: Air quality | Power plants | Industries | Sulfur | Coal | Environmental Protection Agency | Waste management | Emissions

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