American Environmental Policy

American Environmental Policy

The Failures of Compliance, Abatement and Mitigation

New Horizons in Environmental Politics series

Daniel Press

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.

Chapter 4: Failure when there is no pipe

Daniel Press

Subjects: environment, environmental politics and policy, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy


The [Clean Water Act’s] technology standards – despite their subsequent compromises, litigation delays, loopholes, and enforcement lapses – worked remarkably well. What no one anticipated was that nonpoint sources would come along to eat up the gains. – Oliver Houck.

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