The Environmental Protection Agency

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The Environmental Protection Agency Prior to 1970, the United States federal institutions possessed some offices in charge of environmental analyses and regulations. Still, the actual power of these offices was restricted and the role they played was a minimal one within the diverse agencies in which they were integrated. In 1970 however, President Richard Nixon united all these individual offices into a single institution, entitled the Environmental Protection Agency. The scope of the newly formed entity was that of conducting research and monitoring, creating standards and ensuring the protection of the environment. "Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, EPA was established on December 2, 1970 to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. Since its inception, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people" (Website of the Environmental Protection Agency, 2012). Throughout the past 25 years of its existence, the agency has not gone through major structural changes, but important changes are nevertheless observed at various agency levels. For instance, the funds allocated to the research operations have increased significantly, as the institution became more involved in the pursuit of more environmentally friendly initiatives and alternatives. In such a setting, the number of grants allocated by
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