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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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 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 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 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 - Boston skyline from harbor (MA)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Skyline, city, waterfront 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

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

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Water treatment 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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pollution Prevention - Oily trash and debris on ground

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 9 - 2003

EPA Set 9 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Municipal Solid Waste - Recycling facility

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Recycling Credit: M. Stone Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 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

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 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 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 - Ocotillo plant (Anza Borego State Park, CA)

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

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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Fallen tree in lake (Harden Lake, CA)

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

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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Municipal Solid Waste - Worker in recycling facility

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Recycling, plastics Credit: M. Stone Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 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 - Scenic/General - EPA Logo

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: EPA 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 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 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 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 - Water - Pollution on water surface

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Water pollution Credit: K. Kiley 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 - Air - Mountain with valley in foreground

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Mountain, sky, valley 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 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 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 - Pollution Prevention - Debris on beach

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Pollution, beach Credit: U.S. EPA 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 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 - Grass and bushes at coastline (CA)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Vegetation, coastline 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 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

EPA Set 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 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 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 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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pollution Prevention - Various grades of compost (Marin County, CA)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Composting Credit: K. Mirza/S. Olson 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 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 3 -2003

EPA Set 3 -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 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 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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Scientist analyzing data using computers

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Computer workstation, data analysis Credit: U.S. EPA Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

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 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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

EPA Set 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 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