Leon Billings, key author of laws on clean air, water dies

Leon Billings, key author of laws on clean air, water dies
WASHINGTON -- Leon G. Billings, a former aide to Edmund Muskie and a key author of the Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental laws, has died.

Billings, 78, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee, after suffering a stroke while visiting family.

As the first staff director of the Senate Environment subcommittee, Billings was a primary author of the 1970 Clean Air Act, one of the first and most influential environmental laws in U.S. history and a foundation for current air pollution laws.

Billings also played a key role in the 1972 Clean Water Act, the primary federal law governing water pollution.

He served as Muskie s environment adviser and later was his chief of staff in the Senate and when Muskie was secretary of state. Billings also served in the Maryland Legislature.
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