Environment: Victory for Clean Air

In a remarkable reflection of public anger against dirty air, the Senate last week passed the most draconian bill in the new history of environmental politics. Sponsored by Maine's Edmund S. Muskie, the National Air Quality Standards Act of 1970 swept through the Senate without a single nay vote. The key target was automotive exhaust, the nation's chief air pollutant. But even Michigan's Robert Griffin, a staunch supporter of the auto industry, voiced only nominal protest and then voted for the bill. "Congratulations," said one Senator. "You've just gotten motherhood through!"

The bill goes far beyond existing government and state laws...

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