Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Grand Canyon University: ECN360 – Intermediate Economics
May 19th, 2012
What is the US EPA?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States charged with protecting human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 2, 1970, after Nixon submitted a reorganization plan to Congress and it was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate. The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the president and approved by Congress. The current administrator is Lisa P. Jackson. The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the administrator is normally given cabinet rank. The agency has approximately 17,000 full-time employees. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged by Congress with protecting the Nation’s land, air, and water resources. Under a mandate of national environmental laws, the Agency strives to formulate and implement actions leading to a compatible balance between human activities and the ability of natural systems to support and nurture life. Environmental protection is an issue of enormous significance and interest to the American public. Most Americans are cognizant of environmental issues, as those issues apply to business and industry, and as those issues apply to individual and households. Most Americans, however, are unaware of the applicability of environmental law and environmental protection regulations to the activities of the United States Department of Defense, which, in turn, included the activities of all of the nation's armed forces. The application of environmental protection law and regulations to private industry and household occurs within an open public forum. All Americans, if they are...