The Clean Air Act is in No Shape to Be Celebrated

Posted: 24 Sep 2010


The Clean Air Act is 40 years old. On Sept. 14, 2010, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson led a day-long celebration of the anniversary. It is appropriate to celebrate past successes, but in truth the Clean Air Act cannot handle today's pollution problems, and not just those caused by greenhouse gases. EPA has found that traditional pollutants continue to harm public health, but the Clean Air Act, a statute passed in 1970 during the dawn of environmentalism, mandates an ineffective, inefficient response: a requirement that each state adopt its own plan to control emissions. Congress should replace the state plan requirement with federal market-based regulation.

Keywords: Breaking the Logjam, clean air act, clean air interstate rule, EPA, environment, greenhouse gas, pollution, green news

Suggested Citation

Schoenbrod, David, The Clean Air Act is in No Shape to Be Celebrated. NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10/11 #4, Available at SSRN:

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