Oil Spill Could Spur Climate Change Legislation

Law360, New York (June 30, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT) -- Tragedy can be a catalyst for change. The Clean Water Act was passed shortly after the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Ohio. The Clean Air Act was the result of toxic air plaguing the nation for years.

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund) was enacted within months after a second state of emergency was declared at the Love Canal site in New York.

The Oil Pollution Act was signed into law in August 1990, largely in response to rising public concern following the...
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