United States Environmental Protection Agency

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government for environmental protection. President Richard Nixon proposed the establishment of EPA on July 9, 1970 and 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 Congress. 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.

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In Cobscook Bay, Maine, the Pittston Company's plans to build an oil refinery, welcomed by the tiny, struggling town, were met with resistance by..
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The Environment Protection Agency said other environmental groups failed to prove that a ban was warranted.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 3 days ago

The decision not to prohibit the pesticide, which has been linked to developmental disabilities, comes after years of legal wrangling.
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The Government Accountability Office found that the administration โ€œdid not consistently ensureโ€ that appointees to E.P.A. advisory boards met federal ethics..
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Honeybees, which pollinate billions of dollars of food crops, have been in sharp decline
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The agency is preparing to weaken rules that, for a quarter-century, have given communities a voice in deciding how much industrial pollution may legally be..
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There were 15% more bad air days so far in 2019 than in 2018, according to the EPA.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 week ago

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