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Frontmatter

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Foreword

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pp. v-vi

Few areas of American public policy have proved more contentious during the past three decades than environmental politics. Business groups complained that government regulations were pushing up costs out of proportion to the benefits produced. Environmentalists charged that businesses were trying to escape responsibility for the pollution...

Table of Contents

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Chapter One: Introduction

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pp. 1-13

Few areas of American public policy have proved more contentious during the past three decades than environmental politics. Business groups complained that government regulations were pushing up costs out of proportion to the benefits produced. Environmentalists charged that businesses were trying to escape responsibility for the pollution...

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Chapter Two: Permitting, Prevention, and Integration: Lessons from the States

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pp. 14-57

A growing chorus of respected studies of the recent performance of American environmental policy laments the failures of the existing pollution control system and endorses broad reforms. In the past half-decade alone, distinguished organizations such as the National Academy of Public Administration...

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Chapter Three: Measurement That Matters: Cleaning Up the Charles River

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pp. 58-117

On October 22, 1995, the regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) New England office, John DeVillars, proclaimed to the press and all who would listen that the long-contaminated Lower Charles River— running between Cambridge and Boston out to the Boston Harbor— would be clean enough...

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Chapter Four: Regulatory Reform on the World Stage

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pp. 118-145

Regulatory reform is a familiar topic to Americans, but it is by no means an exclusively American topic. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development monitors regulatory reform on its website, and a visit to that site suggests that member countries are indeed interested and...

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Chapter Five: The Civic Sustainability of Reform

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pp. 146-176

Pervasive mistrust and disagreement face anyone aspiring to reform environmental policy. Environmentalists disparage the credibility of self-interested “polluters,” and businesses despair of satisfying the environmentalists’ demands, which they often perceive as profoundly unreasonable...

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Chapter Six: Conclusion: The Next Generation

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pp. 177-190

In framing the next stages of environmental policy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faces a huge, largely uncharted challenge. The EPA is the nation’s flagship organization to promote a safer, cleaner environment. Yet the EPA does almost nothing on its own. Rather, it does almost everything in partnership with other players...

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About the Authors

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pp. 191-192

Christopher H. Foreman Jr. is a professor at the University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs. He is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and serves on the board of governors of the Nature Conservancy. His...

Index

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pp. 193-203