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Slick policy : environmental and science policy in the aftermath of the Santa Barbara oil spill

Author: Teresa Sabol Spezio
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: History of the urban environment.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In January 1969, the blowout on an offshore oil platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and the resulting oil spill proved to be a transformative event in pollution control and the nascent environmental activism movement. It accelerated the advancement of federal government policies and would change the way the federal government managed environmental pollution. Over the next three years, Congress  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Teresa Sabol Spezio
ISBN: 9780822983361 0822983362
OCLC Number: 1035556827
Notes: Title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 14, 2018).
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 282 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Preface : "Wasn't that a mighty storm" : the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 --
Introduction : the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 --
Part 1. Pre-1969 Environmental and Science policy --
1. Coastal waters and oil drilling --
2. Smell, taste, sight, disease : pollution detection until the mid-1960s --
3. Federal environmental policy? --
4. Who is in charge of water pollution control? --
Part 2. The Spill --
5. The Santa Barbara spill : the first ten days --
Part 3. Post-spill Environmental and Science policy --
6. From an "amorphous concern" to a national movement --
7. Conflict over a Pismo clam : changes in pollution detection --
8. Edmund Muskie : the clean water champion.
Series Title: History of the urban environment.
Responsibility: Teresa Sabol Spezio.

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In January 1969, the blowout on an offshore oil platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, and the resulting oil spill proved to be a transformative event in pollution control and the nascent environmental activism movement. It accelerated the advancement of federal government policies and would change the way the federal government managed environmental pollution. Over the next three years, Congress worked to pass laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act, and revolutionized the way that the United States dealt with environmental pollution. At the same time, scientists developed methods to detect chemical pollution that had been discharged into rivers and streams by industrial facilities. Slick Policy presents an original and in-depth history of the 1969 Santa Barbara spill. Teresa Sabol Spezio provides a background of water pollution control, government oversight of federally-funded projects, and chemical detection methods in place prior to the spill. She then shows how scientists and politicians used public outrage over the spill to implement wide-ranging changes to federal environmental and science policy, and demonstrates the advancements to offshore oil drilling, pollution technology, and water protection law that resulted from these actions.

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