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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 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pollution Prevention - Turtle 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 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 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 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 - Municipal Solid Waste - Redemption center

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Recycling 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 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 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

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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Lake surrounded by autumn foliage (NH)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Lake, mountains, vegetation 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 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 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 - Municipal Solid Waste - Waste management facility

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

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

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 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 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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 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 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 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 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 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Workers cleaning oil-covered rocks (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 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 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 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

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 - Scenic/General - State capitol building framed by trees (RI)

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

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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Remediating a pipeline spill by injecting air and

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

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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pesticides and Toxics - Workers collecting samples in field

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

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 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 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 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Reflection of mountain in alpine lake (CA)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Reflection of mountain in alpine lake (CA) Credit: K. Mirza/S. Olson Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 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 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 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 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 - Skyscraper in Boston Harbor (MA)

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

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

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

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 - Scenic/General - Bridge with skyscraper in background (RI)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: City, river Credit: K. Kiley 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 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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pollution Prevention - Debris near pipe

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Pollution 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 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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pollution Prevention - Composting experiment

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Composting Credit: U.S. EPA 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 - Worker cleaning protective goggles

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Protective clothing Credit: U.S. EPA 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 - Environmental Technology - Flammability test

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

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 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