The Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is one of the federal agencies devoted to keeping asbestos out of the soil, water, and air. The agency was originally created to monitor air quality and combat pollutants but quickly expanded into banning substances that were deemed harmful to the environment.
The EPA was created by Richard Nixon and Congress in July of 1970. The agency was created in response to the growing demands from the public for cleaner water, air, and land. Before the EPA was created, the federal government was unable to make a coordinated attack on pollutants capable of harming human health and degrading the environment. This was largely due to problems in the structure of the government.
After its creation, the EPA was given the daunting task of repairing the damage that had already been done to the natural environment and of establishing new criteria to guide Americans in preventing future damage. This means that the EPA is the agency that has the most say in what is deemed a pollutant and which substances can be banned.
In addition to cleaning up the environment, in its duty to prevent future damages, the EPA is charged with regulating chemicals and other potentially harmful items to the environment. The agency conducts environmental assessment, research, and public education. The national standards that are the subjects of sanctions by the EPA are all set and enforced by the EPA itself. To this end, the EPA works with a variety of state, tribal, and local governments.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma following a company or individual’s violations of EPA regulations, contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-781-3955.