EPA was proposed by President Richard Nixon and began operation on December 2, 1970, due to rising concerns over environmental protection and conservation. Prior to the establishment of the EPA, the federal government was not structured to comprehensively regulate environmental pollutants. Due to the fact they need to work alongside the government they are stationed in Washington D.C. There are 14 different branches of the EPA, all with the goal to save the environment. The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the president. The current administrator is Lisa 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 EPA's primary responsibilities are to develop and enforce environmental, which must be obeyed by federal, state and local governments, as well as by private industry. The EPA helps to formulate environmental laws for passage by Congress and it has the power to issue sanctions and levy fines. They have the power to administer the Superfund, which finances the cleanup of contaminated sites throughout the nation. Accomplishment- EPA's accomplishments are a ban on use of the pesticide DDT; supervising the cleanup of Three Mile Island, site of the nation's worst nuclear power plant mishap; mandating the phased elimination of chlorofluorocarbons, the ozone-depleting chemical found in aerosols In any given year their budget changes, but this year they are estimated to have a budget of 8.5 Billion dollars to spend.
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