Environment: The People's Protector

Like other black Americans, Charles C. Johnson Jr. has ample reason to worry about the quality of U.S. life. But unlike most people, Johnson has not only a mandate but also the power to do something about it. As head of a little-known federal agency within the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, he is in effect the policeman of the entire U.S. environment.

"C.C.," as friends call him, is the administrator of the Consumer Protection and Environmental Health Service. Under him are the Food and Drug Administration, the National Air Pollution Control Administration and the Environmental Control Administration. An intense...

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