In 1989 United States President George Bush spoke of a new openness in Eastern Europe. At the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush stated that the advance of freedom is evident everywhere in Eastern Europe and "state and society are now in the midst of a movement towards political pluralism and a free market economy." He said that one of the "global challenges" to growth in the twenty-first century is the threat of industrial pollution. One of the ways President Bush proposed to approach urgent environmental issues was by exploring avenues to work with other nations "to make common cause for the sake of our environment."' The fall of the communist governments of Eastern Europe has exposed an environmental regulatory system that is illequipped to confront the serious problems created by the pollution of the air, water, and soil.
Kenneth J. Serafin, Bridging the Gap in Eastern Europe: Forty Years of Communist Indifference and the New Environmental Realities in Poland, 10 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 159 (1991).