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  • A penalty or reward directed at a person or group in order to discourage or encourage certain types of behavior. Negative sanctions would include a firing squad or a disapproving frown. Positive sanctions would include a raise in salary or a big hug and kiss.
  • Actions taken by the federal government for failure to provide or implement a State Implementation Plan (SIP). Such action may include withholding of highway funds and a ban on construction of new sources of potential pollution.
    Source: Terms of the Environment

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