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Who's Gonna Protect You?

The courts have given the EPA the power to protect the environment. Now if they could just stop it from running all over you.

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This story appears in the September 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970 turned the tide of environmental damage in America. It was the first of hundreds of increasingly strict federal laws designed to restore the quality of the country's air and water. The EPA throws its considerable authority into enforcing those laws-at times with excessive zeal. Two recent court decisions have defined the scope of that authority.

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