Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and disposal of toxic substances. The EPA engages in research, monitoring, and the setting and enforcement of national standards. It administers the Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, popularly called "Superfund," an act aimed at restoring toxic waste sites by making the responsible parties finance their cleanup. It also issues statements on the impact of operations of other federal agencies that are detrimental to environmental quality, and it supports the antipollution activities of states, municipalities, and public and private groups.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The EPA at 40: An Historical Perspective
Andrews, Richard N. L.
Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, Vol. 21, No. 2, Spring 2011
Out of Bounds, out of Control: Regulatory Enforcement at the EPA
James V. Delong.
Cato Institute, 2002
Toxic Debts and the Superfund Dilemma
Harold C. Barnett.
University of North Carolina Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Congress and the Reagan EPA" and Chap. 6 "EPA Regions: Implementing Superfund"
Public Policies for Environmental Protection
Paul R. Portney; Robert N. Stavins.
Resources for the Future, 2000 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "EPA and the Evolution of Federal Regulation" begins on p. 11
Regulation and the Courts: The Case of the Clean Air Act
R. Shep Melnick.
Brookings Institution, 1983
Librarian’s tip: "The EPA: The Administrative Core" begins on p. 38 and "The EPA Develops a Program" begins on p. 86
Strengthening Science's Voice at EPA
Elliott, E. Donald.
Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 66, No. 4, Autumn 2003
Should the EPA Regulate under TSCA and FIFRA to Protect Foreign Environments from Chemicals Used in the United States?
Fein, Ronald.
Stanford Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 6, June 2003
Rules in the Making: A Statistical Analysis of Regulatory Agency Behavior
Wesley A. Magat; Alan J. Krupnick; Winston J. Harrington.
Resources for the Future, 1986
Librarian’s tip: A case study of the EPA
Controlling Industrial Pollution: The Economics and Politics of Clean Air
Robert W. Crandall.
Brookings Institution, 1983
Librarian’s tip: Chap. I "Federal Air Pollution Policy"
Pollution, Prices, and Public Policy: A Study Sponsored Jointly by Resources for the Future, Inc. and the Brookings Institution
Allen V. Kneese; Charles L. Schultze.
The Brookings Institution, 1975
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the EPA begins on p. 33
Environmental Justice and the New Pluralism: The Challenge of Difference for Environmentalism
David Schlosberg.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Communicating with the EPA" begins on p. 167
American Environmentalism: Values, Tactics, Priorities
Joseph M. Petulla.
Texas A & M University Press, 1980
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the EPA begins on p. 144
Taken for a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the Politics of Pollution
Jack Doyle.
Four Walls Eight Windows, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 17 "Ozone Alert"
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