Air Pollution In North Carolina

In 1962, the rural community of Spruce Pine, North Carolina took action against the International Minerals & Chemical Company for their role in polluting the local air. Since this was before the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these types of public health issues were left to local Boards of Health and the courts to adjudicate. After two years of legal proceedings, the U.S. District Court in Asheville ruled in favor of the citizens, giving them a small settlement with the company paying all costs. During the course of the legal fight, Congress passed the Clean Air Act of 1963 authorizing research into techniques for monitoring and controlling air pollution.

Subject

Air--Pollution

Creator

Records of District Courts of the United States,
Record Group 21

Source

Civil Case Files, Asheville, North Carolina

Date

1963

Rights

National Archives at Atlanta

Format

Textual Document, 4 pages | Still Image, 5 photos

Identifier

National Archives Identifier 2715069

Coverage

Asheville (N.C.)

Original Format

Paper | Photographic Print
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