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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 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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Scenic/General - Deer in autumn meadow

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 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 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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Oil covered rocks on beach (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 7 - 2003

EPA Set 7 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Magnification of contaminant-degrading TCE bacteria (Pseudomonas cepacia)

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

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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Scientist conducting infrared spectroscopy analysis

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Experiment, computer workstation 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Municipal Solid Waste - Paint cans representing typical household hazardous waste

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Household waste 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

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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Scientist analyzing data on computer screen

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Research, 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 5 - 2003

EPA Set 5 - 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 - Rugged landscape (Andrew Molera State Park, CA)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Hills, vegetation Credit: K. Mirza/S. Olson 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

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

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Water Credit: K. Bradbury 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 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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

EPA Set 6 - 2003

EPA Set 6 - 2003

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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Air - Incinerator stack emissions

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Air pollution, emissions 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Scientists recording data in laboratory

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Data analysis, experiment, scientist 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 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 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 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 in laboratory

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Laboratory experiment, scientist Credit: U.S. EPA 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 - 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Test site in Snug Harbor where oleophilic fertilizer has been applied (AK)

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

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

EPA Set 8 - 2003

EPA Set 8 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment