Chapter 1. Toxic Chemicals Move to Center Stage

The Environmental Awakening of a Nation 1

The Environmental Movement Restores the American Spirit 4

From Eyesores and Odors to Toxics and Cancer 7

Searching for Legislative Rationality: The Toxic Substances Control Act 10

A Passive President Accepts the New Toxics Legislation 16

The Education of the Revolving-Door Regulators 18

Impatience Leads to Alternative Routes for Controlling Toxics 23

Ecological Concerns Return to the Top of the Regulatory Agenda 28

The Many Dimensions of the Toxics Problem 30 Controlling Chemical Pollution in the 1990s 33