Air Quality: State Air Pollution Control Programs

From the lofty heights of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., it may appear that the federal government makes all the important decisions about clean air policy. After all, US EPA  regulations and the detailed provisions of the 1990 Clean Air Act regulate pollutants that float in the air, pollutants released by industrial and mobile sources (cars and trucks), and the type

of fines and sanctions levied against violators. From the Capitol Hill perspective, all these  national standards and regulations are absolutely necessary. According to the cynics, if left to their own devices the states would adopt weaker and weaker environmental protection laws, creating a "race to the bottom" in which states compete for economic growth by enticing industry with less stringent - and less costly - regulations.

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The charts associated with this article can be found on the table of contents page for Chapter 11 of the 2000-2001 Book of the States


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