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.

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Superfund: Selected full-text books and articles

Toxic Debts and the Superfund Dilemma By Harold C. Barnett University of North Carolina Press, 1994
Superfund: The Ascendance of Enabling Myths By Haggerty, Mark; Welcomer, Stephanie A Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 37, No. 2, June 2003
Cleaning Up the Mess: Implementation Strategies in Superfund By Thomas W. Church; Robert T. Nakamura Brookings Institution, 1993
Footing the Bill for Superfund Cleanups: Who Pays and How? By Katherine N. Probst; Don Fullerton; Robert E. Litan; Paul R. Portney The Brookings Institution, 1995
Environmental Politics: Public Costs, Private Rewards By James Q. Wilson; Michael S. Greve; Fred L. Smith Jr Praeger, 1992
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "The Coalition for Waste: Private Interests and Superfund"
Sharing Power: Public Governance and Private Markets By Donald F. Kettl The Brookings Institution, 1993
Librarian's tip: Chap. 5 "Superfund: Red Ice and Purple Dogs"
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