PERSONAL EXAMPLE OF EPA BENEFITS - I visited Los Angeles in 1984 and the smog (low-level ozone pollution, the gas in smog that exacerbates asthma, other respiratory and heart ailments) was so thick and brown over the city that I could see it 10 miles away. When I got there, my eyes and my throat BURNED from the pollution. Today, the smog problem is MUCH LESS.
Los Angeles air pollution graphicThe air pollution in the Los Angeles region has lost some of its “sting,” according to a new study by researchers at NOAA and its cooperative institute at the University of Colorado Boulder.
WHAT IS THE EPA's PURPOSE? - The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or sometimes USEPA) is an agency of the Federal government of the United States which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
WHAT DOES EPA REGULATE? They ensure regulations and take actions to clean air and water pollution and toxic waste sites (known as Superfund sites). The EPA began regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act from mobile and stationary sources of air pollution for the first time on January 2, 2011. Do you know they even help consumers identify products made with ingredients that are safer for people and the environment? (SEE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/XywBduC1neQ)
WHY AND WHEN FORMED? - When Ohio's Cuyahoga River was so polluted that it caught FIRE (yes, it actually caught fire) in 1969, and people could NOT breathe the intense smog in Los Angeles the government realized that it had to regulate and create pollution controls. EPA was established on December 2, 1970 to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection.
|On June 22, 1969, a fire started on the Cuyahoga River|
WHAT IS THE CLEAN AIR ACT? -The Clean Air Act is a statute written by Congress that gives EPA the authority to establish regulations, policy, and guidance to protect air quality. This page provides links to some of EPA's air pollution rules and regulations.
For more information, visit: https://www.epa.gov/
|Red Alert bad air quality in Beijing China 2015|
THE EPA EVEN WORKS TO CLEAR MARINE DEBRIS - Marine Debris: Cause, Effect, and Prevention
Trash and litter is not only harmful to our health, but also to marine life at sea. Marine life such as turtles, birds, and the fish we catch and eat mistake this trash for food. Most of this trash begins its journey on land and enters the ocean through our streams, rivers, and waterways. See and hear how this harmful problem can be prevented and how EPA's efforts can keep our oceans clean.
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