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The growing environmental concern in the state, particularly in urban areas, from reputable members of the organized environmental community and from the media, can be expected to have an increasing impact on legislation and public policy in the near future.
How the Commission deals with such problems as air and waste will significantly determine the evolution of its composition, structure, powers and influence. If it cannot deal with these problems effectively - to the satisfaction of such constituencies as urban dwellers, environmental activists and the media - there will be mounting pressure to place members of the organized environmental community on the Commission.
There may even be a move to create a more comprehensive Commission, one that replaces part-time commissioners with full-time, professional members.
To a large extent, the future of the Commission is in the hands of the current Commissioners whose significant powers over environmental polluters are little known and understood.
Alfred Balitzer, Ph.D.
Nevada's Environmental Commission: Changes Needed for the 1990s
Glenn C. Miller
The Environmental Commission has been given broad authority by the legislature to rule on regulations designed to protect air, soil and water. In the last three years it has passed fundamentally new Nevada regulations on management of hazardous wastes, protection of groundwater and requirements for reclamation of mined lands.
This relatively unknown regulatory body thus can affect not only the quality of life in Nevada, but also the businesses which must comply with the regulations.