clean Air Act

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Legislation enacted in the United Kingdom, United States, and other countries after environmental air pollution became a pervasive urban problem and its adverse effects on human health (and its economic effects, e.g., on public buildings) could no longer be tolerated. In the United Kingdom, legislation was prompted by the London smog disaster of 1952, which caused several thousand deaths; in the United States, the cumulative effect of several persistent problems, such as Los Angeles smog, led to political pressure for legislative action.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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