Environment: The Nixon View

Flanked by some of his top aides, Richard Nixon last week unveiled what he called a "historic" document: the first annual report of the President's Council on Environmental Quality. What emerged from the three-month labor was basically a replay of familiar environmental concerns.

The report described air, water and thermal pollution, discussed population growth, and recommended that the Government establish a national land-use policy geared to population expansion. Among other recommendations: industries should be taxed to pay for pollution controls, but the main cost of depolluting the nation should be borne by the consumer.

Environmentalists praised Nixon and Council Chairman Russell Train*...

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