Historic oil spill could divert public attention from other issues

06/13/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Activists are using the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to raise public awareness for other, similar environmental issues, according to Kate Galbraith in this article. On the other hand, the extensive media coverage of the oil spill could work to the disadvantage of other environmental concerns, including legislative efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, Galbraith writes. "I think the oil spill in the spring has deflected attention from that bill," said Noah Sachs, an expert at the University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia.

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