The Environment: Who Is to Police Pollution?

There is no longer any argument in the U.S. that air pollution corrodes health and property alike. But the issue is now cloaked in political smog. Who should have the clear, primary responsibility for cleansing the atmosphere?

Last week President Johnson conceded that efforts by all levels of government have so far failed even to check the problem, let alone reduce it (TIME cover, Jan. 27). Outlining an ambitious program that for the first time would give Washington the leading role in policing pollution, he also besought states, municipalities and industry to...

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