What Good Has The EPA Done For The Environment?


Published:

Dear EarthTalk: I would like to know what good the EPA has done for the environment? — Mary W., via e-mail

Without the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans would breathe dirtier air, drink more polluted water and live and grow food on contaminated soils. Polluters wouldn’t be held accountable for their irresponsible behavior, wildlife would have a more difficult time finding suitable habitat to raise their young, and greater and greater concentrations of greenhouse gases would jeopardize the ability of our own atmosphere to protect us from the heat of the sun. In short, the United States and the rest of the world would be a nasty place to live, resulting in shorter life expectancy for humans and a decrease in biodiversity overall.

The EPA was created via Executive Order by Republican President Richard Nixon in December 1970 in response to rising concerns about pollution in an increasingly industrialized United States. Its purpose, then and still now, is to ensure that all Americans are protected from significant risks to their health and the environment where they live, learn and work. To accomplish this, the EPA develops and enforces environmental regulations based on laws passed by Congress; monitors environmental quality across the country; funds states, non-profits and educational institutions to address local and regional problems; and educates the public about how to avoid and mitigate environmental risks. Laws implemented and enforced by the EPA to protect our land, air and water save hundreds of thousands of Americans from premature death every year and keep our ecosystems healthy in the face of innumerable threats.

The EPA’s very first major accomplishment back in the early 1970s was setting standards on common air pollutants plaguing urbanized and industrial areas across the U.S. Other highlights from the EPA’s first decade include: banning the pesticide DDT and requiring extensive environmental reviews of all pesticides; establishing the first fuel economy standards for cars and trucks on American roads; overseeing the phase-out of PCBs, chlorofluorocarbons and leaded gasoline; and setting nationwide benchmarks for drinking water quality.

Some of the EPA’s notable achievements since then include: implementing “Superfund” (Congress’ billion dollar plan to remediate the most hazardous of industrial waste sites across the country); establishing protections of endangered wetlands as a top agency priority; cleaning up Chesapeake Bay, the Hudson River and other major waterways; launching the Toxic Release Inventory program to inform the public about the discharge of specific pollutants from industrial facilities in their communities; creating the Energy Star program to force appliance makers to tow the line regarding energy efficiency; forging a market-based system to reduce acid rain pollution; prioritizing environmental justice to protect low-income and minority communities from disproportionate exposure to pollutants; and setting new standards to clean up emissions from diesel fuel. More recently, the EPA has started the process of regulating the emissions of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.

Beyond the agency’s direct actions on behalf of the environment here at home, its very existence serves as an important model for other countries to follow, and indeed most nations of the world now have their own environmental oversight authorities to keep tabs on pollution and set standards for the safe use, handling and disposal of pollutants. As more and more of our lands are paved over, our natural resources extracted and our air and atmosphere compromised, we can all be thankful for the foresight of Richard Nixon in establishing the world’s first government agency devoted to environmental protection.

CONTACTS: EPA History, Energy Star.

EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of the nonprofit Earth Action Network. To donate, visit www.earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

See also:
What Exactly Is The “Myth Of The Climate Change 97%”?
From Obama’s Top Scientist, Words Of Caution On Climate

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Daily Astrology

March 26, 2017

While it’s a rather lazy, low energy last day of the lunar cycle, there are some sparkling planetary alignments to enjoy. Mental Mercury conjuncts Uranus an hour or so before noon. Breaking free of restrictive circumstances can be one response…
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Alternative Health Directory

Browse all listings »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

March 2017

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for wine tasting and an art exhibit by Cindi Mullins! Raul Midón is celebrated as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices. Heralded as a...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield , CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Website »

More information

Presented By The Connecticut Valley Mineral Club March 25th & 26th, 2017 Saturday 9:30 to 5 Sunday 10 to 4 Featuring minerals, crystals, jewelry, fossils, mineral art, gems and lapidary...

Cost: $5 - 12 and under free with adult

Where:
Hadley Farms Meeting House
41 Russell St, Route 9 in Hadley
The Hampton Village Barn Shops
Hadley, MA  01035
View map »


Sponsor: Connecticut Valley Mineral Club
Telephone: 413-527-4017
Contact Name: Robert Colby
Website »

More information

Hatha yoga classes are held on Sunday mornings from 10 - 11 am in the Function Room at the Village at Waterman Lake. These classes are mixed levels and open to the public. Please register at...

Cost: $12

Where:
Village at Waterman Lake
715 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI  02828
View map »


Sponsor: The Yoga Workshop
Telephone: 401-261-1060
Contact Name: Barbara Fetta
Website »

More information

Sunday Reiki treatments with Reiki master and practitioner Linda Simons in Brookline, MA. Start your week off on a more balanced note with a Reiki treatment on a Sunday afternoon. Please join me...

Cost: Sliding Scale $20-$40

Where:
233 Harvard Street
Suite 36
Brookline, MA  02446
View map »


Telephone: 617-304-2205
Contact Name: LInda Simons
Website »

More information

Both prevention and self-defense are covered. These classes focus on the physical and psychological aspects of prevention through safety and awareness. Physical defense through maintaining proper...

Cost: $15 per class

Where:
Yoga At The Ashram
368 Village Street
Millis, MA  02054
View map »


Sponsor: Yoga at the Ashram
Telephone: 508-376-4525
Website »

More information

Prayer for Peace — Lao-Tse If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If...

Cost: Donation / heart offering

Where:
HeartSong Spiritual Wellness
23 Pine Street
Milford, MA  01757
View map »


Sponsor: HeartSong Spiritual Wellness Center
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Presented by ArtsPower ArtsPower has turned Marcus Pfister’s bestselling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others. Grades K-2...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield , CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Website »

More information

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Presented by ArtsPower ArtsPower has turned Marcus Pfister’s bestselling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others. Grades K-2...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield , CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Website »

More information

We do not discuss technology. This is a non-technical meeting. Hello everybody, This is a group for anyone interested in finding healing solutions to chronic diseases using big data. We do...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA  02142
View map »


Sponsor: TeddycanHeal.Com
Telephone: 617-395-8864
Contact Name: Ray
Website »

More information

Are you interested in bringing your writing to the next level? ​Do you want to join a strong, respectful community of poets and creative nonfiction writers? In this intimate, rigorous...

Cost: $480

Where:
private home
Cedar St
Cambridge, MA  02140
View map »


Sponsor: Nadia Colburn
Telephone: 617-785-6627
Contact Name: Nadia Colburn
Website »

More information

Start your week on a positive note! Each Monday, we will come together to discuss meditation techniques followed by the opportunity to put those techniques into practice with a goal of developing a...

Cost: $10

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Telephone: 508-230-3680
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

ONE-OF-A-KIND, LIFE CHANGING HOLISTIC HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM BEING OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE Local business owner creates groundbreaking mind-body-spirit instruction to combat obesity epidemic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilbraham Senior Center (Sponsored by Harmony Way)
45 Post Office Park
#4502
Wilbraham, MA  01095
View map »


Sponsor: Harmony Way
Telephone: 413-636-2475
Contact Name: Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Self Defense and Safety Workshop for Women Many women believe that a kick to a particular location is all that is necessary to get out of a dangerous attack. Unfortunately it is not that simple....

Cost: $20

Where:
HeartSong Spiritual Wellness
23 Pine Street
Milford, MA  01757
View map »


Sponsor: HeartSong Spiritual Wellness Center
Website »

More information

In this free mini-workshop, you'll learn specific tools that you can use right away to master intimate connections that are meaningful and loving. Are you ready to open to love again? If...

Cost: Free

Where:
Comfy home
79 Allen Street
Arlington, MA
View map »


Sponsor: HAI Global
Telephone: 508-380-9254
Contact Name: Robyn Vogel
Website »

More information

Weekly yoga classes with Rev. Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN of Harmony Way on Wednesdays at 12:15 PM and Fridays at 9:30 AM at the Wilbraham Senior Center. Class welcomes all ages and uses a...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilbraham Senior Center
45 Post Office Park, #4502
Wilbraham, MA  01095
View map »


Sponsor: Harmony Way
Telephone: 413-636-2475
Contact Name: Rev. Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

We all would like to enjoy good, healthy relationships – with our immediate family, or our friends, colleagues, etc. How can we create contentment in all of our relationships? It is very easy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Brahma Kumaris Learning Center for Peace
75 Common Street
Watertown, MA  02472-1339
View map »


Sponsor: Brahma Kumaris New England
Telephone: (617) 926-1230

More information

Nancy's therapeutic and healing nature stems from her own personal journey through health struggles. Her style is open to everyone, no matter physical or mental challenges, or age....

Cost: $15 drop in or $12 with 10 class bundle

Where:
HeartSong Spiritual Wellness
23 Pine Street
Milford, MA  01757
View map »


Sponsor: HeartSong Spiritual Wellness Center
Website »

More information

Brookhaven Hospice is looking for alternative therapy volunteers (Reiki, massage, aromatherapy, and more) to volunteer with patients in various cities around MA and NH. Trainings to become a...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MA

More information

Join Sara Dugas for a weekly class incorporating basic and restorative yoga poses into an energizing sequence. Open to every level of practitioner. Although voice-interpretation is not...

Cost: $98 for 7 week session. Pre-registration required.

Where:
SOHUM Yoga and Meditation Studio
30 Lyman Street
Suite 108B
Westborough, MA  01581
View map »


Telephone: 508-329-3338
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

Get to really know yourself from the inside out. Join us for a 6-session series focused on the energy body/chakras (pronounced, chah-krahz). We will spend each of the sessions exploring one of the...

Cost: $20

Where:
HeartSong Spiritual Wellness Center
23 Pine Street
Milford, MA  01757
View map »


Sponsor: HeartSong Spiritual Wellness Center
Website »

More information

Weekly yoga classes with Rev. Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN of Harmony Way on Wednesdays at 12:15 PM and Fridays at 9:30 AM at the Wilbraham Senior Center. Class welcomes all ages and uses a...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilbraham Senior Center
45 Post Office Park, #4502
Wilbraham, MA  01095
View map »


Sponsor: Harmony Way
Telephone: 413-636-2475
Contact Name: Rev. Michelle Caron, RMT, CYT, ZIN
Website »

More information

Lectures/classes are generally between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours. If you must leave before the video ends, that is okay. Video presentations will be facilitated by varied ashram members and...

Cost: $5 donation is suggested

Where:
Yoga At The Ashram
368 Village Street
Millis, MA  02054
View map »


Sponsor: Yoga At The Ashram
Telephone: 508-376-4525
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

With Jamy and Peter Faust, healers and facilitators. Any issue with family lineage, illness, career, relationship and more are set up through the lens of our approach to Family Constellations....

Where:
Healing Arts of Belmont
7 Williston Rd
Belmont, MA  02478
View map »


Telephone: 617-484-4325
Website »

More information

Speakers, spirituality, relaxation, rejuvenation and fun! Tai Chi, meditation, inspiration and more. Start the day calming the mind, getting centered and increasing your balance with Tai Chi,...

Cost: $95 by 3/11/17; $125 after

Where:
HeartSong Spiritual Wellness
23 Pine Street
Milford, MA  01757
View map »


Sponsor: HeartSong Spiritual Wellness Center
Website »

More information

January 14 - December 9, 2017 With Tom Frederick Novice — This 12-month program is designed to assist you on your journey to spiritual enlightenment. Here we study a variety of esoteric...

Cost: $1300

Where:
Women of Wisdom
118 Washington Street
North Easton, MA  02356
View map »


Sponsor: Women of Wisdom
Telephone: 508-230-3680
Contact Name: Women of Wisdom
Website »

More information

With Ann Bissanti. Selected sequences, fully supported by props, allow you to be the recipient rather than the activator of the renewal process. 

Cost: $25

Where:
Worcester Yoga Center
21 West Street
Worcester, MA
View map »


Telephone: 508-829-6300
Website »

More information

Workshop with Ronnie Gale Dreyer Registration: 12:15 - 12:30 PM Workshop: 12:30 – 4:30 PM The National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) is a non-profit international astrological...

Where:
Beech Street Center
266 Beech Street
Belmont, MA
View map »


Sponsor: The National Council for Geocosmic Research
Telephone: 617-354-7075
Contact Name: Joyce Levine
Website »

More information

Join psychic medium to the stars and star of Lifetime Movie Network’s hit show “The Haunting Of” as she makes undeniable connections with her audience members, giving them a...

Cost: $45

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Playhouse
Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Vania Saintfery
Website »

More information

Begins April 2017. Hands-on! Comprehensive program. Experienced teachers. Excellent facility. Campers welcome. Registration is now open.  Wendy Snow Fogg, Director/Senior Herbalist.

Where:
Misty Meadows Herbal Center
183 Wednesday Hill Road
Lee, NH
View map »


Telephone: 603-659-7211
Contact Name: Wendy Snow Fogg
Website »

More information

April 1 - 2, 2017 Relax, connect, laugh, learn, grow, light your spark, rediscover joy and fun! Held right on the ocean at the Ashworth by the Sea, Hampton Beach, NH. Hosted by...

Where:
Ashworth by the Sea
Hampton Beach, NH


Sponsor: The Joy Source
Contact Name: Julie McGrath
Website »

More information

Come find out why doctors recommend tai chi as a perfect supplement to other lifestyle recommendations. This centuries-old practice works on balance, strength, and agility in a way that no other...

Cost: $15 drop in or $12 with 10 class bundle

Where:
HeartSong Spiritual Wellness
23 Pine Street
Milford, MA  01757
View map »


Sponsor: HeartSong Spiritual Wellness Center
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags