Legislation: Policing the Polluters

For years, Congress has heard and uttered pieties about the environment.

Meantime, the Federal Government itself has become the nation's biggest polluter. All sorts of tunnel-vision agencies, from the Agriculture Department to the Army Corps of Engineers, have pursued narrow goals that destroy delicate balances in nature and sometimes endanger human life. The glaring need is an overall body to coordinate the goals and protect the environment in a systematic way.

Last week the Senate subcommittee on air and water pollution approved a bill sponsored by Maine Democrat Edmund Muskie that would set up an in dependent "Office of Environmental...

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