Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, or occasionally referred to as USEPA) is a U.S. federal regulatory agency charged with protecting public health and the environment through the oversight of water quality, air quality, and fuel quality standards, as well as chemical use. In essence, the agency works toward a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people by addressing and confronting the environmental challenges before us.

Upon its creation, the Environmental Protection Agency was tasked with repairing degradation and harm in the environment. This restored waterfront area and former Superfund site in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was once contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from two local manufacturers of electrical capacitors.


Having been established in 1970 under the Richard Nixon administration, EPA is one of the newer governmental regulatory ...

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