The Environment: A Matter of Urgency

A Matter of Urgency

Americans have managed to befoul their natural resources on a scale unparalleled in history. Rivers, lakes and bays have become noxious sewers. The air over the nation's cities is infested with fumes and filth. Open green spaces are devoured by urban sprawl. Yet attempts to halt the despoliation have been, in most cases, limited and local. Last week the battle against pollution moved a long distance toward achieving national urgency.

Richard Nixon established the Environmental Quality Council, a Cabinet-level advisory group designed to coordinate governmental action against environmental decay at all levels, create new proposals to control...

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