WASHINGTON, March 23, 1970 (UPI) - Ralph Nader says the Government should appoint a board of inquiry to find out why 80 per cent of the cars coming off production lines are polluting the air at a rate higher than federal law allows. In a letter to Health Secretary Robert H. Finch, Nader said a board of inquiry should study the facilities and attitude of the National Air Pollution Control Administration. He said the facilities and attitude of that agency "led to this utter breakdown in law enforcement."
Meanwhile, a congressional subcommittee claimed to have found an 81-year-old law which rewards citizens with cash bounties of up to $1,250 a day if they catch violators of water pollution laws.
The possibility of using the 1889 Refuse Act as a weapon to combat water pollution was discussed in a report prepared by the House Conservation and Natural Resources Subcommittee.