December 8, 2005
The Clean Air Act was created in 1943 to reduce the amount of smog and atmospheric pollution (Wikipedia). â€śThe use of the federal government and state and local governments to enforce clean air standards has contributed to an improvement of the health of Americansâ€? (Wikipedia). Basically the Clean Air Act requires major point sources to obtain a permit to put emissions into the air. Once they have the permit they are supposed to maintain certain standards that are enforced mainly by fees (http://www.epa.gov/oar/oaqps/peg_caa/pegcaa02.html#topic2e); fees that are in my opinion way to low. If a company can just get out of updating there equipment by paying a small fine then what are the incentives to not polluting. We need to have stronger punishments such as closing a company down that does not meet certain standards until they comply with the standards that were created to protect us all.
Posted by at December 8, 2005 9:55 AM | 6. Energy, Economics, and Policy