of Wastewater Management
Serious problems in the past forced the EPA to take action.
Before the EPA established industrial regulations, many companies
disposed of toxic chemicals directly into stream and rivers. These
disposal practices had devastating effects on the environment and
water quality, effects that are still impacting us now. (See the
feature on Superfund sites.) The federal government started managing
water pollution in 1956 with the Federal Water Pollution Control
Act, but many view the Clean Water Act of 1972 a real milestone
because it set rigorous standards for wastewater discharge. Industries
that dont comply with the regulations face huge fines.
Protection Agency. "Clean Water Act: A Brief History." Online. March