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Assignment 2: Environmental Policy

Due Week 10 and worth 120 points

There are several environmental laws, regulations, and policies that currently influence your life, and they include the following:

  • NEPA
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Clean Water Act
  • The Endangered Species Act
  • The Superfund
  • CITES
  • The Montreal Protocol
  • The Basel Convention

Choose one (1) of these environmental regulations, or another policy that interests you; then, research your chosen regulation or policy’s requirements and environmental and economic impacts.

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe three (3) key elements of the regulation or policy you chose. Specifically, discuss who is affected and what actions they are required to undertake, including federal and state agencies and specific industries, and how these requirements are enforced.
  2. Assess three (3) effects this regulation or policy had on our environment. Next, quantify its effects, if possible, to analyze whether or not the regulation had the desired effect on the environment.
  3. Discuss three (3) economic effects of your chosen policy or regulation. Next, describe the direct costs of implementation, as well as the effect the regulation has had on economic growth. If possible, find a benefits/cost analysis that will provide you with objective analyses of this regulation’s economic impact.
  4. Speculate whether or not you believe that this policy or regulation has been successful overall. Next, debate whether or not your chosen policy or regulation has promoted environmental benefits or outweighed its economic costs. Lastly, determine whether you would recommend renewing this policy or regulation when it comes to its expiration date, or whether you should let the policy or regulation expire. Justify your response.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality resources / references in this assignment, in addition to the course text. Note: Wikipedia and personal blogs do not qualify as quality resources.
  6. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
    • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
    • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Assess the various methods used to understand natural phenomena and the human impact on it, and analyze the steps taken to protect the environment.
  • Analyze factors influencing the use and conservation of environmental resources.
  • Analyze the effect of human populations on various ecosystems, including agriculture, urbanization, waste management, and pollution.
  • Critically evaluate sources of information about environmental science and communicate them effectively.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in environmental science.
  • Write clearly and concisely about environmental science using proper writing mechanics.

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Jkennish
School: UC Berkeley

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Running head: CLEAN AIR ACT

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Clean Air Act
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CLEAN AIR ACT

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The Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act (CAA) was a policy designed to tackle the pollution threats associated
with the air. The Act ensures the regulation of the air emissions arising from the sources which
both move and are stationary. It also gives authority to the Environmental Protection Agency to
create standards which protect the public welfare and health. Additionally, it concerns itself with
the regulation of emissions from the hazardous pollutants to the air. The original Act passed in
1963 which created funds for studying and cleaning air pollution. A stronger policy got enacted
in 1970 in which the Congress created EPA to which it mandated the body to carry out the law.
In 1990, the bill got revised, and the Congress gave the EPA broad authority in implementing
and also enforcing the regulation to minimize air pollution. The Act of 1990 emphasized the use
of cost-effective methods in reducing air pollution.
The critical elements of the Act focus on: reduction of the ambient concentrations of air
pollutants which result to issues such as acid rain, smog, and others, reduction of the emissions
from air pollutants which may cause serious health effects such as cancer and removing the use
and production of chemicals which destroys the atmosphere. The stationary sources of these
pollutants include power plants and chemical plants and the gas stations. On the other hand,
mobile sources include trucks, planes and so forth. These are the things which the policy would
affect the most. Reducing the air pollutants entails eliminating the harmful contaminants such as
lead, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and the particle pollution. The ground-level ozone and
particle pollution are the most dangerous pollutants to people's health. The EPA regulates these
pollutants through the development of the human-health criteria which are the guidelines ba...

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