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The level of lead contamination in United States rivers [#permalink]
02 Mar 2006, 09:40
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The level of lead contamination in United States rivers declined between 1975 and 1985. Federal regulations requiring a drop in industrial discharges of lead went into effect in 1975, but the major cause of the decline was a 75 percent drop in the use of leaded gasoline between 1975 and 1985.
Which of the following, if true, best supports the claim that the major cause of the decline in the level of lead contamination in United States rives was the decline in the use of leaded gasoline?
(A) The level of lead contamination in United States rivers fell sharply in both 1975 and 1983.
(B) Most of the decline in industrial discharges of lead occurred before 1976, but the largest decline in the level of river contamination occurred between 1980 and 1985.
(C) Levels of lead contamination in rivers fell sharply in 1975-1976 and rose very slightly over the next nine years.
(D) Levels of lead contamination rose in those rivers where there was reduced river flow due to drought.
(E) Although the use of leaded gasoline declined 75 percent between 1975 and 1985, 80 percent of the decline took place in 1985.
I pick B. There would be a rapid decrease in industrial discharges of lead due to the new legislation but it would take some time for new automobiles that run on unleaded gas to enter the market.
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B. The new legislation went into affect in 1975, but most of the decline it says happened before 1976, and infact around 1980, so this provides a plausibility that maybe it wasnt the legislation that caused this decline.