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Political disagreement over how the U.S. government has and should respond to national and global environmental problems sets the foundation for discussion in Controversial Issues in Environmental Policy. Kent Portney shows how value disputes have found their way into the policymaking process, pitting the values of science, technology, and economics against the practice of politics. Within this context, the author examines how the American government makes environmental policy--at federal and state levels, as well as their enforcement agencies designed to protect and regulate the environment. A succinct description is offered of the processes followed by federal agencies, especially the processes and problems found in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Portney also discusses legislation, public opinion, implementation, and non-implementation over water, air, and soil management ...

Public Policies to Protect and Improve the Quality of the Nation's Water
Public policies to protect and improve the quality of the nation's water

Although the federal government has had fairly lengthy experiences with trying to establish public policies that would protect and improve the quality of water supplies, the effort has been plagued by the need to balance a variety of goals. In early federal involvement in water policy, the federal government played the part of a weak partner, providing some money and technical assistance to state and local governments if they wanted it. The federal role was defined by an assumed prerogative of the states and localities to decide whether to tolerate or permit water pollution and water usage.

This began to change in the ...

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