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The author illustrates how, despite gains achieved with environmentalregulations implemented after 1970, environmental policy in the US has stalled. He argues that current regulations use acompliance-abatement-mitigation approach that succeeded in the 1970s but now only mitigates, reduces, or contains serious problems. Heexamines several problematic policy tools and their implementation to show how environmental regulations have failed. He discusses theproblems in the focus on compliance and technology rather than performance, a limited ability to handle population effects, afailure to connect policy outputs to their consequent environmental outcomes, and limited incentives to reduce virgin raw material inputsthrough process efficiencies or materials recovery of recyclables. Through case studies of acid rain, nonpoint source water pollution,toxic releases, and industrial recycling, he analyzes policy tools and outcomes, focusing on failure mechanisms or regulatory slippageand policy mismatches, and offers recommendations based on science and altered incentives.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
More than 40 years after the United States launched bold efforts to curb pollution and waste, American environmental management has stalled. Drawing extensively on recent enviornmental science, engineering, regulatory agency data and trade information, American Environmental Policy explores how environmental management in the US has fallen short of its early promise and reputation. Arguing that policies need to be redesigned for the 21st century, this book offers examples and principles of effective environmental policy reforms. It concludes with suggestions for how new policies should be designed, as well as examples of successfull regulatory innovations already in practice around the world.