American regulation of water air pollution

Water filtration plant at Lake Montebello, Maryland, 1915

This Day in Water Historical past just lately posted a Municipal Journal and Engineer article from 1909, "Stream Air pollution in America", which surveys a number of the state-level regulation of water air pollution happening on the time. The blogger notes that "we all know from different sources that these legal guidelines have been seldom enforced or had penalties that have been too lenient, in order that they have been ignored", however I'm unsure the state of affairs at present is so totally different. Some excerpts from the 1909 article:

At a Convention of State and Provincial Boards of Well being of North America, held in Washington final June, the Committee on the Air pollution of Streams appointed final yr introduced a report during which it gave some information regarding the extent to which the air pollution of streams was being regulated by the assorted States. Ohio, New Jersey and Kansas have, in keeping with this report, handed legal guidelines throughout the previous couple of years which ”are particularly worthy of notice as indicating development and the arrogance which the Legislatures of those States should really feel in these State Boards of Well being.” From the studies of the secretaries of the Boards of Well being of the a number of States they summary quite a lot of statements displaying what’s being completed by them.


In New Jersey there are 54 sewage purification vegetation in operation or prepared for operation by municipalities and huge public establishments. The coverage of that State is to permit no untreated sewage to be discharged from new programs into waters of the State. The Board of Well being can be compelling municipalities to put in purification vegetation on present sewerage programs, and 22 at the moment are below orders to stop air pollution of the streams, these together with all municipalities on the Delaware River.

The Ohio State Board of Well being has been requested to research 18 complaints below the act prohibiting stream air pollution, and has ordered sewage disposal works to be put in in 4 of the cities earlier than Jan. 1, 1910. The constitutionality of the regulation below which they act has been questioned, but when determined of their favor they hope to forestall the air pollution of all of the streams within the State.  

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