The birth of the EPA
In the wake of the first Earth Day, and with growing public outcry over the deteriorating state of the environment, President Nixon formed an advisory council to consider how to organize federal programs to reduce pollution. Based on the council’s
recommendations, Nixon sent Congress a plan to consolidate many departmental responsibilities under one federal agency, to be called the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Senate and House of Representatives approved the reorganization proposal and Nixon signed it on Dec. 2, 1970, appointing William Ruckelshaus as the EPA’s first
Major EPA milestones
Did you know this about the Montreal Protocol?
The Montreal Protocol is a great success story for environmental protection. By restoring the Earth’s ozone layer, it positively affected human health, poverty, climate change and the protection of the food chain. Without it:
More info at www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/09/montreal-protocol-ozone-treaty-30-climate-change-hcfs-hfcs/.