Clean up your act

Work Study

ISSN: 0043-8022

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Citation

(2000), "Clean up your act", Work Study, Vol. 49 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/ws.2000.07949cab.003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited


Clean up your act

Clean up your act

Most Americans consider the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts as critical pieces of legislation and feel that each has made progress toward its goal, according to a survey released in December by the Foundation of Clean Air Progress (FCAP). The survey polled respondents regarding the importance of the Clean Air Act and various other US and international environmental initiatives and what those efforts have accomplished. Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of those surveyed believe that the Clean Air Act has accomplished either "some" or "a great deal". More than half (58 per cent) describe the legislation as very important, giving it a rating of eight or higher on a scale of one to ten. The Clean Air Act ranked second in importance, behind the Clean Water Act (64 per cent) and ahead of Superfund (50 per cent), Endangered Species Act (50 per cent), Kyoto Protocol (31 per cent) and Montreal Protocol (28 per cent). A majority (57 per cent) of those surveyed believe major progress has been made on air pollution over the last 30 years. According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, in the last three decades all major US pollutants have been reduced by one-third and more than 77 million tons have been eliminated from the air annually.