The Environmental Protection Agency Is Turning 50
On July 9, 1970, President Richard Nixon informed Congress of his plan to create a new federal agency tasked with protecting the nation’s people and resources from pollution and environmental harm. Although there were a range of environmental programs and offices throughout the federal government, Nixon argued that a reorganization of federal efforts, concentrating them in a single agency, was necessary to “effectively ensure the protection, development and enhancement of the total environment itself.”
The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened its doors on December 2. The first EPA Administrator, William Ruckelshaus, immediately adopted an aggressive enforcement agenda, and the new agency quickly made its presence felt. For the next fifty years, the EPA would be one of the most powerful and controversial federal regulatory agencies.
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