The Historical Context For Industrial Pollution — Part 1

Law360, New York (April 25, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT) -- Pollution today is highly regulated: Wastewater and air discharges are tightly permitted against precise numerical quality standards, and solid and chemical waste landfilling is carefully controlled. Even stormwater runoff is controlled, and even some natural background conditions are viewed as unacceptable.

Science allows us to understand pollution, technology is available to control it, and society demands as little of it as possible. So, why is there so much left? One reason is that past practices have left a legacy of contamination that we still deal with...
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