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Date: Wed May 13 1998 - 07:13:00 EDT

Date: Wed, 13 May 98 12:13 WET DST
Subject: Re: Could federal legislation be feasible?

May 13, 1998

Could mandatory federal recycling legislation be feasible? As a representative of the US EPA, as a contractor, you must weigh my bias accordingly. My bias is that the federal government's approach to recycling weighted both what was needed environmentally and what would be socially prioritized, before coming up with the current non-legislated approach. Politically, I have grave doubts whether the EPA's taking a mandatory recycling stand would be sustainable as administrations shifted and domestic/global priorities changed.

That is not to say that mandatory federal legislation isn't feasible. It probably could be made to be feasible given the amount of social support from the public and to some extent from the business community and regulatory communities that recycling of nonhazardous waste enjoys.

However, the Wall Street Journal and publications of similar ilk could be counted on to oppose such legislation, as could subdivisions lacking infrastructure.

Mandatory legislation is, however, in the long run, not as strong a guarantor of social priority than is voluntary commitment.

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