Environment: Votes on Pollution

"Clear the air! clean the sky! wash the wind!"

—T.S. Eliot

Those words, expressing the grief of the women of Canterbury at the murder of their archbishop, resound a little incongruously in a TV spot now being shown around the nation. President Nixon quotes them to show his enthusiasm for the fight against pollution. Last week, however, after mulling over the year's most important antipollution bill, the President vetoed it.

The clean-water act, which aims to end all water pollution by 1985, called for up to $24.6 billion in spending over the next three years, mostly on sewage-treatment plants (TIME, Oct. 16). That is...

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