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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 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 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 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 - 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 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 - Scenic/General - Clam on beach sand

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Wildlife, mollusk, habitat Credit: S. Delaney 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 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 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 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pollution Prevention - Handful of composted yard waste material

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 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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Test of gene transfer on plant leaf surface

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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Close-up of beakers

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Laboratory experiment 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 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 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 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Workers testing effectiveness of bioremediation on 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, bioremediation 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 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 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 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 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 - Environmental Technology - Testing automobile exhaust

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Emissions testing 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 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 1 - 2003

EPA Set 1 - 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 - Scenic/General - Stream running through redwoods and ferns (CA)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Forest, water, 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 - River flowing through urban park (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 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 - Rows of crops

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Rows of crops Credit: K. Kiley 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 - Water - EMAP water testing

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Water testing, samples 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 - Geologist studying flow pattern within a monitoring well

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Data collection, 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 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 - Alpine lake in winter (CA)

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Lake, snow, vegetation 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 - Scenic/General - Starfish

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

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

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

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Transportation, oil, water 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 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 - Water pollution near factory

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 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 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 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 2 - 2003

EPA Set 2 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Pesticides and Toxics - Le Herol Ponds pesticide studies at ERL-Duluth (MN)

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 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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Hazardous Waste - Bioremediation site on a porous beach (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 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 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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Municipal Solid Waste - Trash cans and garbage bags at curb

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

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

Library of Environmental Images, Office of Research and Development (ORD), September 1996 - Environmental Technology - Field worker collecting data in the woods

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Keywords: Data collection, research 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 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 4 - 2003

EPA Set 4 - 2003

Digital Photographs Relating to the Environment