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The relationship between corporations and the environment is a tumultuous one Corporations have abused and violated the environment for generations These actions have now become unacceptable in our present society There is growing concern for our natural resources the worlds forests waterways and air are noticeably tainted In the last twenty years the US has become more vigilant in recognizing and passing acts to attempt to regulate and purify our environment Between 1938 and 1986 twelve acts regarding business and the environment have been passed The Food and Drug Administration established the first act in 1938 The Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act was passed to regulate food and drug additives The Delaney Clause in 1958 added the prohibition of the sale of foods containing human or animal carcinogens to the original act The Wilderness Act of 1964 outlawed the development of wilderness areas and gave new procedures for the appointment of new protected areas In 1969 the National Environment Policy Act created a nation wide environmental policy and the Council on Environmental Quality A year later the first legislation passed for the Clean Air Act It was relegislated in 1977 and again in 1990 This act established the Environmental Protection Agency EPA to control the enforcement of air quality standards In 1972 both the Federal Insecticide and Rodenticide Act and the Clean Water Act were passed They were relegislated in 1988 and 1977 1981 and 1987 respectively FIFRA requires the registration of every pesticide certification and preconsumer testing The Clean Water Act established standards for wastewater treatment sludge management and set discharge limitation and water quality standards The Endangered Species Act of 1973 protects animals that are threatened or endangered Relegislated in 1984 the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 standardized the manufacturing transportation storage treatment and dumping of solid and hazardous waste Also passed in 1976 was the Toxic Substances Control Act which delegates the EPA control over the
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