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POL310 Ashford Clean Water Act Major Provisions and Amendments Research Paper

POL310

ashford university

Question Description

Select either the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act to research and write about. Do not write about both. Write a paper that describes the major provisions of and amendments to the act. The paper should also evaluate the overall effectiveness of the act in protecting our air or water resources. In addition, your paper should describe one social, one ethical, and one political problem associated with the act and then evaluate the effectiveness of the act in addressing the problems. Finally, the paper should include one recommended change to the act that would make it more effective.

The paper should be organized into the following sections:

  1. Introduction (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and thesis (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  2. Examination of either the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act:
    1. Describe the major provisions of and amendments to the act.
    2. Evaluate the overall effectiveness of the act in protecting our air or water resources.
    3. Describe one social, one ethical, and one political problem associated with the act.
    4. Evaluate whether the act has effectively addressed the social, ethical, and political problems described above.
    5. Recommend one change that would make the act more effective.
  3. Conclusion (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

The paper must be four to five pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. You must use at least four credible sources (Links to an external site.) (at least two of which must be found in the Ashford University Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. Cite your sources in-text (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and on the reference page (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. For additional information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment

Final Answer

Attached.

Running head: CLEAN WATER ACT

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Clean Water Act
Name
Institutional Affiliation

CLEAN WATER ACT

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Clean Water Act
With the rise in water pollution in the early 20 th century, the U.S. government in 1948
established the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. In the early 1970s, there was widespread
awareness and pressure from the public regarding the control of water pollution that led to
massive amendments to the Act (Adler, 2015). The amendments made to the Federal water
Pollution Control Act created the law that is today commonly regarded as the Clean Water Act.
The Clean Water Act has successfully established the structure the U.S. uses in the regulation of
discharges of pollutants to water sources and quality standards that should be maintained for
surface waters (Adler, 2015).

Major Provisions of and Amendments to the Act.

The Clean Water Act is implemented by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). The Act implements pollution control programs. The Act has made it illegal to
discharge pollutants to navigable waters without a permit. The EPA has established a permit
program that helps in the control of discharge. In 1972, the basic structure that is used to regulate
pollutants to waters was established. The E...

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