The Clean Air Act
1955 was the year the U.S. Federal legislation first enacted the Air Pollution Control Act. This helped raise funds and awareness for research of air pollution within The United States. After many years of research and development, the U.S. established The Clean Air Act of 1963. This helped establish the Federal program within The U.S. Public Health Service to create and monitor techniques for controlling air pollution. Many subsequent acts and amendments soon followed.The most recent being The Clean Air Act, which was the first major environmental law that included a provision for citizen suits.
Enabling citizens to help challenge the governments status quo of how to handle the environmental pollution has been a big help to better consider the pollutant damage to the United States population. This has helped create a better more comprehensive way to approach regulation and adoption of federal programs or “filling in the gaps” on a local level within each state.
The regulation of air emissions has been developed by way of The EPA’s “National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)” program. Having each state create a state implementation plan has enabled a higher standard of living as well as unique solutions for each states unique air situation.