The Clean Air Act Amendments
For over twenty-five years, Rep. Waxman has worked in the U.S. Congress to maintain and improve the effectiveness of the Clean Air Act. He chaired the House Health and Environment Subcommittee for 16 years -- from 1978 to 1994. Rep. Waxman worked throughout the 1980s for strengthening amendments to the law, and was one of the primary authors of the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act.
In the decade leading up to the 1990 Amendments, thousands of hours were spent in the U.S. Congress developing and debating legislative proposals to amend our Clean Air Act. Hundreds of witnesses testified at hearings. Millions of dollars were spent on lobbying by interest groups.
The 1990 Amendments was landmark legislation that established programs for dealing with a broad range of air pollution issues. The Amendments contained five titles and any one of these titles enacted alone would have been considered a major Congressional accomplishment.
The 1990 law established programs to address the problems of urban smog, hazardous air pollution, acid rain, and the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer.
Although Rep. Waxman is no longer Chair of the House Health and the Environment Subcommittee, he continues to be deeply involved in the implementation of the 1990 law as well as any legislation affecting the 1990 law.
BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW OF THE 1990 CLEAN AIR ACT
"An Overview of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990" was originally printed in 21 Environmental Law 1721 (1991). It provides background information on the developments that led to the law and an overview of key provisions. During the reauthorization debate in 1989-90, Rep. Waxman circulated fact sheets (Clean Air Facts) that focused on the many complicated issues being debated. All together there were 23 issues of Clean Air Facts. Other reading that may be of interest includes:
Waxman, Wetstone & Barnett, "Roadmap to Title I of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: Bringing Blue Skies Back to American Cities", 21 Environmental Law 1843;
Waxman, Wetstone & Barnett, "Cars, Fuels, and Clean Air: A Review of Title II of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990,111 21 Environmental Law 1947; Richard Cohen, Washington at Work: Back Rooms and Clean Air (1992)
Gary Bryner, Blue Skies, Green Politics: The Clean Air Act of 1990 (1993). "Mr. Clean's Air Act" (in Sierra, November/December 1989)
EVALUATING THE 1990 CLEAN AIR ACT
In 1995 and 1997 (Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3, Issue 4, Issue 5), Rep. Waxman prepared a series of fact sheets (Clean Air: An Act That Works) that evaluated the law's performance.