Date of Award

1980

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)

Department

Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Howard H. Foster, Jr.

Abstract

Widespread concern for the unrestrained degradation of our natural environment was spawned during the social unrest of the 1960's. Vietnam, social inequalities, and environmental pollution were the issues of the decade. The 1960's were also a period of low unemployment and unprecedented increases in purchasing power and personal income. To many, the choice between an increased percentage in industrial productivity and growth and continued degradation of nature's delicate ecological balance was clear.

In the 1970's, however, the trade-offs between economic growth and environmental protection have become increasingly difficult to make. Today the issues of greatest concern involve high unemployment, continued inflation, and decreased buying power. The possibility of further disruption to an already staggering economy has placed severe impediments upon the productive implementation of federal legislation dealing with pollution control standards. The potential impact of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 on the Jewelry Industry in Rhode Island provides a case in point.

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