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Have you ever thought about whom is in charge of regulating environmental protection? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the agency that is in charge of research, monitoring, and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. The EPA has been working for 31 years for a cleaner, healthier environment. I used three main sources to gather my information. The first was the Internet, the WebPage of the EPA had a large amount of information that I needed. Also Yahoo and American Online search engines had some information. My other source was my personal contact. I sent e-mail to The EPA region III in Philadelphia. I received mail back and sent them my address. A woman named Betty Ringkamp then sent me a few pamphlets with information through the mail.

The EPA was established in 1970. Many environmental ideas were brought up in 1962 when public opinion on the use of pesticides was high.

Between 1962 and 1970 environmentalism grew due to the decline of human environment from overpopulation and industrialization. Finally in 1970 President Nixon called for " a strong independent agency."� This Environmental Protection Agency was pieced together from many other departments that already existed. Such programs like the Department of Health, and the Education and Welfare (HEW)'s National Air Pollution Control Administration. The EPA opened for business on December 2, 1970 in Washington D.C. The establishment was developed to protect human health, and keep the natural environment clean, such as the air, land, and water.

Today is organizational structure is very large. The top Administrator, the Deputy Administrator is in charge of all other branches. Currently Christie Whitman is the Administrator. She handles such things as administrative law, which is basically decisions the EPA must make. Also communications, Press, news and announcements, and acts as the final agency decision...