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Environmental Protection Agency, U.S.

General

  1. Barry D. Nussbaum,
  2. Anthony R. Olsen

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vae037.pub2

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How to Cite

Nussbaum, B. D. and Olsen, A. R. 2013. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. . Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 2.

Author Information

  1. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

Abstract

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in December, 1970, to protect human health and the environment. It was formed by the merger of many scattered federal agencies. Operating under many statutes, it develops and enforces regulations, distributes grants, studies environmental issues, sponsors partnerships with state and local governments, and teaches people about environmental issues and publishes environmental information and data. This article provides a discussion on some history, perspective, organization, and activities at the EPA.

Keywords:

  • Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Clean Air Act;
  • Clean Water Act;
  • climate change;
  • Toxic Substances Control Act;
  • Superfund;
  • environmental justice;
  • air quality monitoring;
  • risk assessment