The Historical Context for Examining Industrial Pollution — Part 2

Law360, New York (May 03, 2013, 6:31 PM ET) -- Part 1 of this two-part series summarized how pollution regulation evolved over the years. This final part focuses on how our scientific understanding of pollution evolved and includes some examples from the historical gas manufacturing industry.

Understanding of Pollution

During the manufacturing gas plant (MGP) era, the understanding of pollution was very different than it is today. For example, during that time, the consensus understanding of pollution in general was that:

Waste discharges were allowable: The concept of “reasonable use” prevailed, which meant that waste discharges...
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