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EPA

In the 1950s and through the 1960s public concern about the impact that human activity could have on the environment increased.

President Nixon signed NEPA into law on January 1, 1970. NEPA required that a detailed statement of environmental impacts be prepared for all major federal actions significantly affecting the environment. Six months later, On July 9, 1970, Nixon proposed an executive reorganization that consolidated many environmental responsibilities of the federal government under one agency, a new Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA was created 90 days before it had to operate, and officially opened its doors on December 2, 1970.

The burning Cuyahoga River in 1969 had led to a national outcry. A federal grand jury investigation of water pollution allegedly being caused by about 12 companies in northeastern Ohio began leading to a filing of a lawsuit against the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation for discharging substantial quantities of cyanide into the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland. Congress enacted the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, known as the Clean Water Act.

Since that, EPA's mission is to protect human health and the environment. Our priorities are Making a Visible Difference in Communities across the Country, Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality, Taking Action on Toxics and Chemical Safety, Launching a New Era of State, Tribal and Local Partnerships, Embracing EPA as a High Performing Organization, and Working Toward a Sustainable Future.
Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - EPA Logo
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EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Municipal Solid Waste - Dumpster against skyline (MA)

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Trash, containers Credit: K. Mirza/S. Olson Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Ferns

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Vegetation Credit: K. Kiley Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Air - Wind farm (Livermore, CA)

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Wind power generation Credit: K. Mirza/S. Olson Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Photolysis study at ERL-Athens (GA)

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Experiment Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Aerial view of farmland

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Agriculture, plains Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pesticides and Toxics - Natural predators

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Agriculture, pesticide alternative, insect Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Water - Cow drinking in dried-up river bed

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Drought, livestock Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Worker cleaning oil-covered rocks using high-pressure spray (AK)

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Oil spill, cleanup Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pesticides and Toxics - Helicopter spraying pesticide

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Agriculture, pesticide Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pollution Prevention - Sea lion entangled in marine debris

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Pollution, animal, habitat Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Testing effects of pollution at NHEERL Human Studies Division's Clinical Research Facility

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Pollution, health Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Trees and ferns in woods

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Forest, vegetation Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Microbiologist examining core sample from bioremediation demonstration

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Bioremediation, field research Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pesticides and Toxics - Field study of impact of pesticide

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Pesticide, research Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

WEB Environmental Photos, May 6, 1996

WEB Environmental Photos, May 6, 1996

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Sand dunes (Lake Superior, MI)

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Shoreline, lake, beach Credit: K. Mirza/S. Olson Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Towering sequoias (Sequoia National Park, CA)

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Forest, vegetation Credit: K. Mirza/S. Olson Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Handful of oil-contaminated sand (AK)

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Oil spill, cleanup Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Pronghorn on plains (SD)

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Wildlife, animal, habitat Credit: K. Mirza/S. Olson Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Hazardous waste barrels

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Hazardous waste Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Potential hazardous waste site

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Storage tank Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pesticides and Toxics - Land application of sewage sludge

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Agriculture, fertilizer Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Water - River bed

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: River, drought Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pollution Prevention - Bulldozer pushing garbage in landfill

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (O...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Landfill Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment