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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 toward Contaminating the Soil: Regulating Hazardous Wastes and Toxic Substances
Public policies toward contaminating the soil: Regulating hazardous wastes and toxic substances

Over the past decade and a half, there have been few environmental issues of greater importance than those associated with hazardous and toxic wastes. As discussed in Chapter 1, problems of hazardous and toxic waste possess many dimensions and are considered problems for many different reasons. Hazardous wastes may be handled in a way that creates immediate health threats by virtue of inadvertently allowing people to be exposed to them. Not uncommonly, the improper handling of hazardous wastes affects people's health by contaminating sources of drinking water. There have been many instances where people's lives have been unalterably changed by the improper ...

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