Environment: Nader on Water

By 1980, Americans will use an estimated 560 billion gallons of water a day—more than twice the rate in 1960. This means that more and more U.S. water must be clean enough to use repeatedly. Pollution, though, is overwhelming the ability of many rivers and lakes to purify themselves. Is the Government doing enough to restore the balance?

Last week Ralph Nader offered a gloomy answer: a 700-page report entitled Water Wasteland, the product of a 21-month study by one of Nader's numerous teams of "raiders." Despite 15 years of effort, seven laws and...

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