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National or Local Control: Conflicts Over Environmental Federalism
National or local control: Conflicts over environmental federalism

The development of a strong national presence in environmental affairs has not meant that state and local governments, and the forces trying to influence them, have become irrelevant. Indeed, they continue to play an active role in environmental affairs. As established in Chapters 3 and 4, a variety of more localized environmental issues and interests have developed as part of the evolution of environmental regulation. And, as the discussion of implementation in Chapter 5 made clear, state and local forces may substantially influence policy enforcement, adding to implementations fragmented appearance.

In addition to that created by its system of separation of powers, the American federalist structure, which involves multiple levels of ...

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