Forty years ago, Americans across the nation took up a call for cleaner air, safer water and unpolluted land. They saw that to keep our families healthy, to build clean communities, and to make America stronger for the future, we needed to protect and preserve our environment. That grassroots movement led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At its formation, the EPA was tasked with repairing the damage already done to the environment and establishing guidelines to help Americans make their environment cleaner and safer.
That is how EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson starts off her "40th Anniversary Message" marking forty years of EPA's existence, which officially started December 2, 1970. She goes on to say:
As we look to the past, we are also focused on the future. The EPA is strongly committed to protecting and preserving our country's environment through taking action on climate change; improving air quality; ensuring chemical safety; cleaning up our communities; protecting America's waters; working for environmental justice; and building strong state and tribal partnerships.
The EPA has set up a whole page called EPA@40: Healthier Families. Cleaner Communities. A Stonger America. The page highlights "40 years of achievements" (and a proclamation from President Obama).
See it all here.