What Does the Environmental Protection Agency Do?

Environmental protection is the process of safeguarding the environment by people, organizations and states by ensuring compliance with environmental laws. Its primary goals are to protect the present natural environment and restore damaged and polluted natural resources, where feasible, and to prevent further environmental pollution.

The term “environmental protection” was first used by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It was first used in other countries as well, but it has become the most common term used in the US. The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for maintaining the basic concepts of environmental protection.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency are also responsible for creating regulations and rules governing the use of hazardous substances, the protection of the environment from biological contamination, and the management of waste and other sources of pollution. They also oversee the collection and disposal of waste from industry, and they monitor the use of new chemicals and fuels.

The Environmental Protection Agency works closely with the state and local governments to protect the environment in all its aspects, including the

  • Air
  • Water
  • Land
  • Wildlife
  • Plants.

There are two major agencies involved in environmental protection, namely, the Department of Interior and the Department of Health and Human Services. These two agencies work together to ensure that they protect the environment in the areas of their jurisdiction, including wildlife, drinking water, and land.

The first environmental protection agency was created by the Clean Air Act of 1970. This act has helped to establish EPA as a strong regulatory agency, providing it with a lot of authority over the environment. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates and enforces a number of federal statutes, including the

  • Clean Water Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Toxic Substances Control Act
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • National Historic Preservation Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency is also responsible for protecting the nation’s beaches from damage caused by hurricanes. In addition to regulating federal agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency has responsibility for setting pollution standards for the industries that use the water, land, and air resources of the country. Environmental Protection Agency regulates the quality of

  • Surface water
  • Groundwater
  • Even groundwater
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Additionally, they regulate the industrial production of products that use these resources, such as fuels, chemical fertilizers, and other pollutants. In many instances, the Environmental Protection Agency plays a key role in environmental regulation through the implementation of new environmental laws or by helping the states to implement existing environmental laws.

The Clean Water Act is one of the best examples of this

The Clean Water Act regulates and restricts the discharges of treated water and wastewater from treatment plants while providing financial incentives for states to improve their water supply systems and the enforcement of discharge limits.

In order to accomplish its tasks, the Environmental Protection Agency has to utilize all of its resources, which includes staff, funding, and technical resources. In addition to these resources, the agency must continually research and evaluate new developments and scientific developments in environmental protection, and conduct research into emerging environmental threats.

Some of the environmental protection agencies have different rules and regulations in effect for different types of pollutants

For example, the Environmental Protection Agency has specific rules and regulations in place for mercury and lead. However, the Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate the emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are man-made chemicals that contribute to ozone depletion and global warming. Other important environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, were enacted by Congress.

The Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act to require the EPA to establish regulations for the emissions of hazardous substances from power plants and chemical factories, as well as for emissions from rail yards and other modes of transportation. Both of these acts also provide incentives to encourage the production of cleaner fuels and reduce pollution.

In addition to regulation of these issues, there are other areas of environmental protection that the EPA is charged with monitoring and researching into. These areas include preventing the release of toxic materials into the environment and monitoring the condition of the soil, water, air, and the food chain. Additionally, the agency is required to implement measures to promote the sustainable development of the environment and the maintenance of natural resources, which is essential for the preservation of life on earth.

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The Department of Interior, for example, is responsible for regulating the

  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Forest Service
  • Among other areas of jurisdiction.

The U.S Department of Interior is an executive branch department of the United States government. It was founded in 1916.  This executive agency is responsible for managing the many responsibilities that fall under its purview. The main function of this agency is to oversee the national parks, monuments, and other lands managed by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

There are many different divisions within the Department of Interior. One of these divisions is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Bureau of Land Management manages the lands owned by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and the Fish and Wildlife Service. These are all large units within the Department of Interior.

Within each of these large units is a group of sub-units. A group of sub-units within a specific agency is responsible for the management of their own lands. This means that if one unit has a problem with another, then they may be required to share some of their responsibilities. The U.S Department of Interior was made up of many different agencies and departments.

The Department of Energy oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is an agency that was established to advance our nation’s energy needs by making research and development more efficient, by bringing together the diverse fields of science and engineering to develop energy products that can be used by all, and by ensuring that we have an energy policy that will keep us on top of the economic curve.

The Department of Energy, or the DOE, has four main parts: the Office of Science; the Office of Nuclear Energy; the Office of Fossil Energy; and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Department of Energy has a budget of about $30 billion a year. The United States government pays the Federal Energy Management Program, which manages the federal budget for the Department of Energy.

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It’s been estimated that the U.S. government pays the highest percentage of the cost for the research and development of new energy sources. The Department of Energy does not only research but also studies the effects of energy on the environment.

For instance, the Department of Energy has studied how solar energy affects the environment and what the effects would be if solar panels were put up on rooftops. The Department of Energy was also one of the first agencies to set a goal of using alternative fuel sources. The Department of Energy was one of the first agencies to set a goal of using alternative fuel sources.

In addition to the research and development done at the Department of Energy, the government has also taken part in setting up the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, the Office of Technology Assessment, and the National Academy of Sciences.

They also support energy-saving technologies through grants and loans. As the name implies, the goal of the Department of Energy is to help find alternative methods of getting energy. One of their biggest projects is the Advanced Research Projects Agency. The mission of this agency is to find ways of producing and distributing renewable resources while minimizing our dependence on fossil fuels. Advanced Research Projects Agency was formed during to focus specifically on finding alternative sources of energy.

About the author

I am Adegboyega Tunde Temitayo. A registered Town Planner with the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC).

I love to think differently and possibly on various Urban and Regional Planning issues to proffer solutions to Urban and Rural Environmental Problems. You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel

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