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United States Environmental Protection Agency: Agency of the U.S. Federal Government
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an independent executive agency of the United States federal government tasked with environmental protection matters. President Richard Nixon proposed the establishment of EPA on July 9, 1970; it began operation on December 2, 1970, after Nixon signed an executive order. The order establishing the EPA was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate. The agency is led by its administrator, who is appointed by the president and approved by the Senate. The current administrator is former deputy administrator Andrew R. Wheeler, who had been acting administrator since July 2018. The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the administrator is normally given cabinet rank.


New Study Finds Forever Chemicals In Seltzer [Video]

New Study Finds Forever Chemicals In Seltzer

A Consumer Reports investigation has found that toxic “forever chemicals” are in several popular bottled water and carbonated water brands. According to the EPA Per- and polyfluoroakyl substances..

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White House to roll back curbs on methane [Video]

White House to roll back curbs on methane

The Trump administration on Thursday will roll back regulations aimed at reducing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, its latest move to unwind environmental..

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Citrus Flavoring Is Weaponized Against Insect-Borne Diseases

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E.P.A. Limits States’ Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects

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