Environment: The Clash Brewing over Clean Air

Plans to ease antipollution laws create a miasma of complaint

During his campaign for the White House, Ronald Reagan described certain provisions of the Clean Air Act of 1970 as an albatross around the neck of U.S. industry and an impediment to economic growth. He cheerfully pledged to ease the regulation of private industry. Now the President seems about to keep that campaign promise—and set the stage for a full-scale environmental battle.

A set of the Administration's proposed amendments to the Clean Air Act has just been leaked by California Representative Henry Waxman. Among...

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