Environment: Conservation Caretaker

As his first official act of the new decade, President Nixon signed into law the Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which made protection of U.S. natural resources a matter of national policy. The bill also established a three-man Council on Environmental Quality empowered to review all federal activities that affect the quality of life and make reports directly to the President. Last week President Nixon named the first chairman of the new council: Russell E. Train, Under Secretary of the Interior, who firmly believes that "the people of this country want a cleaner...

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