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February 9, 1895

POLLUTION OF NAVIGABLE STREAMS.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(6):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430060032005

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Abstract

House bill, No. 8481, which provides for the appointment of a Commission to investigate the subject of the contamination of such lakes and streams as are the source of water supply to more than one State, still slumbers in committee so far as we are informed, and a petition was introduced into the Senate February 20, from the Pennsylvania Board of Health praying for the passage of the bill.

We are not advised of the exact text of the bill, but it is evident that some measure of this kind should be enacted. Were there a Department of Public Health, all such investigations would naturally fall under its scope, but in the absence of such a Department, special legislation is necessary.

The British Rivers Pollution Commission, instituted by Parliament many years ago, set an excellent example of what such a commission could do to advance the interests of public health,

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