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The Santa Barbara Oil Spill and Its Effect on United States Environmental Policy

Environmental Analysis Program, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA 91711, USA
Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2750; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082750
Received: 5 July 2018 / Revised: 27 July 2018 / Accepted: 28 July 2018 / Published: 3 August 2018
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 (NEPA) paved the way for comprehensive federal environmental policy in the United States. NEPA has successfully allowed citizens and others to become active participants in the environmental decision-making process for federal infrastructure projects throughout the evolution of environmental policy in the United States. Its efficacy was enhanced because of an oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast in January 1969. This disaster gave the framers of NEPA an example of the consequences of the lack of environmental policy in federal decision making. Using their original proactive approach along with the reactive response to the spill, they created a policy that has can be seen as a foundation for 21st century sustainability and resilience programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: Santa Barbara oil spill; National Environmental Policy Act; environmental policy; environmental decision making Santa Barbara oil spill; National Environmental Policy Act; environmental policy; environmental decision making
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Spezio, T.S. The Santa Barbara Oil Spill and Its Effect on United States Environmental Policy. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2750. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082750

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Spezio TS. The Santa Barbara Oil Spill and Its Effect on United States Environmental Policy. Sustainability. 2018; 10(8):2750. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082750

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Spezio, Teresa S. 2018. "The Santa Barbara Oil Spill and Its Effect on United States Environmental Policy" Sustainability 10, no. 8: 2750. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082750

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