Environmental Laws: Clean Air Act

Environmental Laws: Clean Air Act
By Mark Cain
AIU Online
Unit 5 IP
Environmental Science
Sandra Flemming

This report is a study of economics and environmental laws. This particular report will examine the impact of the Clean Air Act of 1970 on the economy. The report will discuss when the law was passed and any amendments that were made to the law. The report will go from there to discuss what provisions the law governs. Next this report will examine what lead to the passing of the law to begin with. The report will answer why the law was passed. Next the law will examine what economic impact was generated by the passing of this law. The report will take a look at costs, fines, and economic benefits of the passing of the Clean Air Act. The report will share economic data related to the passing of this law. Finally the report will answer whether or not I think the law has improved the environment. I will answer why I do or why I don’t think there has been any improvements.

Environmental Laws: Clean Air Act
I live in a rural area. The air is relatively clean. In the past, I have lived in urban areas that are full of smog and other air pollutants. As a result of this rampant pollution; the government made a decision. In 1970, they passed the Clean Air Act (Brief History of the Clean Air Act, 2000). Let’s take a look at this law in more detail.
Description and provisions of the Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act (CAA) is the law that allows the government to regulate emissions from sources that mobile and stationary (Summary of the Clean Air Act, 2012). The law also allowed the establishment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by the EPA (2012). In 1970, the law allowed for the establishment of State Implementation Plans (SIPs), New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) in addition to the NAAQS (History of the Clean Air Act, 2012)....