What are the guiding principles of the Clean Air Act?

The CAA provides that the State shall:

  • Protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature;
  • Promote and protect the global environment while recognizing the primary responsibility of local government units to deal with environmental problems;
  • Recognize that the responsibility of cleaning the habitat and environment is primarily area-based;
  • Recognize that "polluters must pay";
  • Recognize that a clean and healthy environment is for the good of all and should therefore be the concern of all. 

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Lifted from:

Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (2003, August). Primer on the Clean Air Act. Diliman: DENR-Public Affairs Office.