What Is The Clean Air Act?

The Clean Air Act was established in 1955. In 1970, the responsibility for setting air­quality standards was switched from the state governments to the federal one. The EPA became responsible for dealing with all air pollution sources, including chemicals, motor vehicles and businesses. The Clean Air Act of 1990 required the emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen, which comes from power plants, be reduced as a means of controlling acid rain. In the 1980s the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that are found in aerosol cans were phased out as a means of reducing global warming. The 1990 amendments of the Clean Air Act required a phase­out of the selling and producing of CFC. The Clean Air Act of 1990 also required cars to use gasolines that burn cleaner and established stricter standards regarding auto emissions.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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