The Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency : Asking the Wrong Questions

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This text uses five case studies to examine environmental policies made under the Carter Administration, the years in which the EPA grew into the agency of today. A summary update of these cases through the Reagan Administration is also provided. The detailed discussions of these cases show how environmental policy suffered because of the inability of top officials to recognize the distinction between scientific questions and political questions and the interaction between the two. It also shows how environmental policy fell victim to public alarm, misinformation, power conflicts between competing interest groups, poor co-ordination between the offices within the EPA and inexperience on the part of the top officials. Nonetheless, some sensible rules did emerge. The authors argues that the EPA should shift its emphasis to protect the human environment and to formulate a coherent view of the proper balance between health and economic needs, rather than attemping to sort out the conflicting views of various special interest groups.
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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 241.3 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195050215
  • 9780195050219

Table of contents

Part One: Introduction; The origins and development of EPA; Part Two: Revising the ozone standard (with Valle Nazar); Writing the RCRA regulations; Passing superfund; Enforcing the Clean Air Act: the steel industry; Forging a cancer policy: the interagency regulatory liaison group (with Margart Gerteis); Part Two conclusion: the lessons of the cases; Part Three: The Reagan administration; The wrong question and why; Good questions.
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