U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
|Environmental Protection Agency|
|Deputy Director:||Bob Perciasepe|
|Annual budget:||$8.2 billion (2014)|
|Total employed:||15,913 (2013)|
|Official website:||Office website|
The EPA employed 15,913 people in 2013. The EPA develops and enforces regulations, gives grants to non-profit, educational institutions and state environmental agencies, studies environmental issues, publishes the agency's findings (as well as other educational materials) and sponsors partnerships.
The EPA was formed in 1970, deriving its duties from the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Atomic Energy Commission, Federal Radiation Council and the Council on Environmental Equality.
Following are important dates in the EPA's history:
- 1970: The Environmental Protection Agency is formed by President Richard Nixon under its first Administrator, William D. Ruckelshaus.
- 1970: Clean Air Act authorizes the EPA to set standards for pollution, auto emissions and air quality.
- 1972: EPA bans the pesticide DDT.
- 1972: Clean Water Act passed by Congress.
- 1972: Ocean Dumping Act passed, allowing EPA to restrict ocean pollution.
- 1973: Transportation controls established in cities, such as carpool and bus lanes.
- 1973: EPA begins to gradually decrease lead in gasoline.
- 1974: Safe Drinking Water Act passed, allowing EPA to regulate drinking water quality.
- 1977: Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act regulatory control strengthened through amendments passed by Congress.
- 1979: EPA chosen to monitor radiation levels after Three Mile Island incident.
- 1982: Nuclear Waste Policy Act passed, allowing for safe disposal of nuclear waste.
- 1986: Safe Drinking Water Act regulations tightened through amendments passed by Congress.
- 1990: Pollution Prevention Act passed.
- 1996: Leaded gasoline completely phased out.
- 1996: Renters and home buyers required to be informed about lead-based paint hazards.
- 2006: EPA signs contract to offset all electricity the agency uses by investing in wind power.
- 2007: BP pays largest environmental fine in history, $62 million.
|“||The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.||”|
Gina McCarthy is currently the Administrator of the EPA.
|Administrators of the EPA Full History|
|EPA Administrator||Years in office||Nominated by||Confirmation vote|
|William D. Ruckelshaus||1970-1973||Richard Nixon|
|Russell E. Train||1973-1977||Richard Nixon|
|Douglas M. Costle||1977-1981||Jimmy Carter|
|Anne M. Gorsuch||1981-1983||Ronald Reagan|
|William D. Ruckelshaus||1983-1985||Ronald Reagan|
|Lee M. Thomas||1985-1989||Ronald Reagan|
|William K. Reilly||1989-1993||George H.W. Bush|
|Carol M. Browner||1993-2001||Bill Clinton|
|Christine Todd Whitman||2001-2003||George W. Bush|
|Michael O. Leavitt||2003-2005||George W. Bush|
|Stephen L. Johnson||2005-2009||George W. Bush|
|Lisa P. Jackson||2009-2013||Barack Obama|
|Gina McCarthy||2013-Present||Barack Obama||59-40|
Note: Votes marked "N/A" represent voice votes or unrecorded votes. Missing votes will be filled as they are researched.
The EPA released seven themes of the agency's future. They are as follows:
—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Carbon cap executive order
On June 2, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order intended to cut carbon pollution in the United States by 30 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. The order allowed states to individually determine which policies would be more effective for them to reach their goals. A similar bill was debated by Congress during Obama's first term in office, but it failed to pass. Obama used powers established by the 1970 Clean Air Act to sign the executive order. Legal challenges were expected to arise over the 645 page order. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said of the rule, "This is not just about disappearing polar bears or melting ice caps. This is about protecting our health and our homes. This is about protecting local economies and jobs."
President Obama gave the EPA until June 2015 to finalize the rule and states have until June 2016 to submit their plans, but the EPA pushed the deadline for states back to 2017 for those working individually and 2018 for those working together on plans.
Coal plants were most likely to be hit the hardest with estimates in the hundreds of the nation's 6,000 plants that would be shut down by 2030. The Chamber of Commerce estimated that the new rule could result in a lowering of the gross domestic product (GDP) by as much as $50 billion annually.
The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) president spoke out against the action, suggesting 75,000 jobs could be lost by 2020. He stated, "The proposed rule … will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions." Additionally, Democratic lawmakers and candidates in coal-driven states have come out in opposition to the president's plan. Those lawmakers include: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Natalie Tennant and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV).
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- United States Environmental Protection Agency, "Our Mission and What We Do," accessed March 14, 2014
- The Huffington Post, "Senate approves Obama-pick McCarthy to head EPA," July 18, 2013
- United States Environmental Protection Agency, "EPA's Budget and Spending," accessed March 14, 2014
- United States Environmental Protection Agency, "Duties Transferred to EPA," accessed March 14, 2014
- United States Environmental Protection Agency, "EPA History," accessed March 14, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency, "EPA's Themes - Meeting the Challenge Ahead," accessed August 5, 2014
- The New York Times, "Obama to Take Action to Slash Coal Pollution," June 1, 2014
- USA Today, "EPA seeks 30% cut in power plant carbon emissions by 2030," June 2, 2014
- Fox News, "Unions slam Obama EPA rule," June 3, 2014
- The New York Times, "Democrats in Coal Country Run From E.P.A.," June 2, 2014