Notes 10 - Feb 22 1970s: The Decade of Environmental...

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Feb 22 1970s: The Decade of Environmental Legislation and Expansion of Regulation Establishment of Environmental Agencies/Administrative Reform 1. National Environmental Policy Act (1970) a. Requires the federal gov. to analyze and report on the environmental implications of its activity b. Gave birth to Environmental Impact Statement: originally designed to force all federal gov. agencies to forecast the environmental consequences of projects/policies-later broadened to include the local governments and most non-governmental projects as well 2. Council on Environmental Quality (1971) 3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (1970) a. Agency given authority to ensure workplaces were safe and healthy-gave workers and union a tool for protecting themselves from careless or unscrupulous employers b. Controversial reduced prospects for economic growth/recovery 4. Environmental Protection Agency (1970) a. In 1970, President Nixon created the EPA by combining a number of federal public health and regulatory bureaus and programs into a new organization b. Largest regulatory agency in US history c. Controversial
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course ENVIR 120 taught by Professor Bert during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.

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Notes 10 - Feb 22 1970s: The Decade of Environmental...

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