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Enviromental Policy

Second Period's Project

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Agency of the Federal Government created in the 1970s and charged with administering all the government's environmental legislation. The EPA is the largest Federal Independent Regulatory Agency.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) The Law passed in the 1969 that is the centerpiece of federal environmental policy in the United States. The NEPA established the requirements for environmental impact statements.
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Required by the NEPA that specifies the likely environmental impact of a proposed action. NEPA requires that whenever an agency proposes to undertake a policy of that will impact the environment, the agency must file a statement with the EPA.
Clean Air Act of 1970 The law that charges the Department of Transportation with the responsibility to reduce automobile emissions.
Water Pollution Act of 1972 Law intended to clean up the nation's rivers and lakes. It requires municipal, industrial, and other polluters to use Pollution control technology and secure permits from the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) for discharging waste products into waters.
Endangered Species Act of 1973 This law requires the federal government to protect activity each of the hundreds of species listed as endangered - Regardless of the economic impact on the surrounding regions or towns.
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (SUPERFUND) Fund created by Congress in 1980 to clean up hazardous waste sites. Money for the fund comes from taxing chemical products.
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