Environment: Sue the Bastards

In an effort to awake the citizenry to a shockingly neglected issue, environmentalists long cried out shrilly from any podium they could find. Now that they have succeeded in arousing the public conscience, the defense of the environment calls for a calmer and more constructive approach. That strategy has led increasing numbers of environmentalists to seek redress in the courts.

In the vanguard of this new attack is a national coalition of 60 lawyers and 700 scientists called the Environmental Defense Fund. Financed mainly by $10-a-year dues from 25,000 supporters, E.D.F. operates out of East Setauket, N.Y., and has branches in Washington,...

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