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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Definition - What does The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mean?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a U.S. government agency that monitors, standardizes and ensures compliance of environmental protection laws. The EPA also produces research on the effects of many chemicals produced by industry.

Safeopedia explains The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Environmental issues attracted the public's attention in a revolutionary way in the early 1960s, when people became aware of the impacts of the indiscriminate use of pesticides. This gradually paved the way to the people’s awareness about the environmental pollution as a whole.

EPA headquarters is situated in Washington, D.C. The organization's mission is to protect human health and the environment through the following activities:

  • Protect the health of American citizens and the environment

  • Reduce environmental risks based on scientific information

  • Ensure enforcement of federal laws protecting human health and the environment

  • Ensure environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies

  • Ensure access to information regarding environmental risks

  • Contributing to the diversity of ecosystems for sustainability and economic productivity

  • Ensure US is in a leadership role in protecting the global environment

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