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December 27, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(13):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090260061034

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Pollution Talks.—  Businessmen were urged to take the lead in guarding water resources to head off a possible "water dictatorship."The warning was voiced at a two-day national water conference sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce. Opposition to a new law giving Washington control of antipollution programs was expressed by spokesmen for the steel, coal, oil, chemical, and paper industries.They said the federal government should pay at least part of the cost of pollution control devices which they will have to install. One executive said part of the cost "should rightly be borne by the public."Arch N. Booth, executive vice-president of the chamber, warned more than 500 delegates that failure to help clean up the nation's streams could lead to a "water dictatorship."James M. Quigley, assistant HEW secretary, said businessmen "must accept and act on the principle that the cost of pollution control from now on

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