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Abstract

This two-case set and sequel examines EPA Administrator Russell Train's response to automakers' 1975 petition to extend the deadline for compliance with the 1970 Clean Air Act Amendments. Enforcement of the amendments had been complicated from the beginning by technological uncertainties, a less than enthusiastic auto industry, and conflict within the agency itself. In 1973 the issue was further confused by the discovery of potentially dangerous levels of sulfuric acid in the exhaust of cars with catalytic converters - the technology adopted by automakers to meet the emissions standards. Part A of the case provides background information on the automobile pollution issue and on the political and administrative handling of the sulfates problem. Part B summarizes the technical information available to Train on the extent and severity of the sulfates problem. The sequel presents Train's decision to extend the deadline and the criticisms that were subsequently marshalled against it.

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Abstract

This two-case set and sequel examines EPA Administrator Russell Train's response to automakers' 1975 petition to extend the deadline for compliance with the 1970 Clean Air Act Amendments. Enforcement of the amendments had been complicated from the beginning by technological uncertainties, a less than enthusiastic auto industry, and conflict within the agency itself. In 1973 the issue was further confused by the discovery of potentially dangerous levels of sulfuric acid in the exhaust of cars with catalytic converters - the technology adopted by automakers to meet the emissions standards. Part A of the case provides background information on the automobile pollution issue and on the political and administrative handling of the sulfates problem. Part B summarizes the technical information available to Train on the extent and severity of the sulfates problem. The sequel presents Train's decision to extend the deadline and the criticisms that were subsequently marshalled against it.

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