Air Pollution: Rising Threat

Archive Report

New Spurt in Drive for Cleaner Air

Gathering of Forces to Combat Air Pollution

A national attack on the least tolerable by-product of civilized life—dirty air—received major impetus on April 21 when President Johnson ordered a “greatly accelerated” research effort to discover new methods of reducing air pollution. At the same time, he called for still higher levels of spending in the already augmented air pollution control budgets for 1967 and 1968. Government sources attributed the President's action in part to growing public support of vigorous anti-pollution programs now under way in the most seriously affected areas of the nation. “The control of air pollution is a matter of highest priority,” the President said in his public memorandum to H.E.W. Secretary John W. Gardner, “and I ...

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