Volume 88 Issue 23 | p. 43
Issue Date: June 7, 2010

Mother Nature's Tenuous Respite

Insights: Forty years of environmental protection is showing some benefits

Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: acid rain, environmental protection, Mother Nature

One of the great ideas in U.S. history is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was signed into law in 1970. The act declared it a national policy “to create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony.” It also led to creation of the Environmental Protection Agency to implement that policy.

Forty years ago, we were littering our highways and byways with trash; pumping increasing amounts . . .

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