The Environmental Protection Agency : The Clean Air Act ( Caa )

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The environmental protection agency’s (EPA) is a Federal Government subsidiary and their mission is to project our health and that of the environment. The EPA accomplishes this feat by writing regulations and provides standards that implement laws established by Congress. In addition, the EPA works with other government and state level agencies to monitor the compliance of laws by conducting inspections on utility power plants or other industrial facilities. The clean Air Act (CAA), first put into law in 1970 by Congress, was an attempt to reduce air pollutants emitted by utility companies and others that produce toxic smoke. In addition, there have been several amendments to the CAA since 1970. For example, in 1990, a change was made that would require utility power plants to obtain permits to build new power plants. These power plants would have to burn clean sources of fuel such as natural gas. The burning of natural gas has far less harmful effects on the environment than burning coal or oil. The requirement of power companies to apply for these new permits have both positive and negative effects on the environment and society, as a whole.
One positive effect of requiring utility companies to build new power plants that burn natural gas instead of coal or oil is, the level of anthropogenic pollutants would be reduced. Burning coal produces excessive amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a greenhouse gas. Increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere leads to warmers…

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