SOC320: Public Policy & Social Services
Instructor: Geoff Wood
April 16, 2012
As I focus on summarizing the case study pertaining to “Intergovernmental Relations and Ocean Policy Change: 1971-85”, there are several aspects that should be considered. One of the most essential as well as important aspects involves understanding the affects that policy changes have toward society. In my opinion, this case study is an appropriate example of how the concerns within political transmit inactivity or change because of corporate and profit growth. Although the dumping in oceans does have effect on all individuals; it is quite easier to obtain a profit if it associates with the correct power of political or connection. However, this case study addresses the changes of policy and political concerns influenced in the 1970’s to the mid 80’s. In this essay, I will summarize the key issues and select a point of view on ocean dumping to discuss.
President Nixon announced in the early 1970’s his opinion toward administration, which stated that America should decide on un-regulated ocean dumping. After this immediately addressed the EPA nationally, while the Administration presented the appointed leaders, this notion was fully supported and a bill was spearheaded, which soon after 1972 convince Congress to pass the Act of MPRSA (Stewart, Hedge Jr., & Lester, 2008). This new bill was composed to place strict guidelines within history and be considered as a way toward completely terminating ocean dumping. In addition to the new bill or policy, a permit system was established to place limitations on all other materials as well as prospect of damage items. However, the EPA introduced their final recommendations by October 1973 to discontinue all dumping regardless of reasons encountered by corporation that it would not bring harm to lives of marines. Furthermore, the EPA was determined as being the first to authorize protection for...