Environmental History Project: Richard NixonNixon was seen as the President who was most involved with the earth’s environment (one of the greenest presidents). This started mostly after the mass amounts of people who took place in the first Earth Day in 1970.
Environmental Protection Agency, 1972

This is a federal agency that was established to help reduce pollution and protect the environment; it brought many individual programs toward this common goal. It was used to enforce laws based on the health of the environment and the people that make up the world.

Clean Air Act, 1972
It requires the EPA to develop and enforce regulations to protect the general public from exposure to airborn contaminants
Clean Water Act, 1974
The Clean Water Act is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution

Other programs set up by EPA
  • 1970 - Resource Recovery Act PL 91-512
  • 1976 - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act PL 94-580
  • 1980 - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("Superfund") PL 96-510
  • 1982 - Nuclear Waste Repository Act PL 97-425
  • 1984 - Hazardous and Solid Wastes Amendments Act PL 98-616
  • 1986 - Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act PL 99-499
  • 2002 - Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act ("Brownfields Law") PL 107-118
  • 1972 - Marine Mammal Protection Act PL 92-522
  • 1973 - Endangered Species Act PL 93-205
  • 1970 - Wilderness Act PL 91-504
  • 1977 - Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act PL 95-87
  • 1978 - Wilderness Act PL 98-625

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