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November 8, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(6):23-25. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090190121055

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Air Pollution Control Bill Signed.—  President Johnson signed into law the "Clean Air" bill that allows the government to require auto exhaust curb devices and provides more than $90 million for communities to improve garbage disposal.Before signing the bill, President Johnson read a brief statement in which he said the measure helped prove that this was a generation which had "finally faced up to the accumulated problems of American life... (and) the task of checking the slow, but relentless erosion of our civilization."This bill gives us the tools to halt pollution before it starts in new industries," he added.In the United States, Johnson said, air pollution "accounts for more than $11 billion in economic damages. This amounts to nearly $30 a year for every man, woman, and child in the nation. And yet our expenditure on air pollution control is less than 20 cents a year per

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