The tensions surrounding claims of dominance between the executive and legislative branches of the federal government have been playing out intensely in popular press headlines for the last 10 months, but really for decades. Recently, this battle has even caused the man on the street to venture into bars and coffee houses midday to watch Senate hearings on the executive branch changing the Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership. Against this backdrop, this article analyzes the existing statutory basis of federal and state governments’ environmental powers, specifically concerning surface water quality and air quality.
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