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This text explores ways in which ideas from America could be used to improve the effectiveness of environmental laws in Britain and throughout Europe. Making environmental laws effective demands more than passage through the legislature and executive approval. Successful implementation of these laws requires wide public support and consistent enforcement. Environmental policies must adapt to the ways that technologies and industries are continually progressing.;Britain has traditionally used criminal law sanctions to enforce its environmental laws. America uses the criminal process more selectively but makes much more effective use of civil and administrative enforcement. America is developing highly operative approaches to pollution prevention.;The book also considers the political context in which environmental laws emerge and the implications for long-term public support of them. It examines ways in which the law-making processes in Britain and Europe effectively exclude public participation and offers suggestions for ways to change these processes. Furthermore, it considers the tension between science - the foundation for environmental policy - and public opinion.