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EPA@40: Healthier Families, Cleaner Communities, A Stronger America

Last week EPA commemorated its 40th anniversary with events across the nation. Administrator Jackson spent the week speaking to students, scientists, EPA employees and others about the Agency’s role, goals for the future, and many accomplishments since its founding on December 2, 1970.

The Administrator kicked off EPA’s anniversary week at the Aspen Institute, which unveiled its list of “10 ways the EPA has strengthened America.”(PDF 8pp 346KB)  This list helps all Americans recall what life was like before EPA opened its doors — when Los Angeles was known as the smog capital of the world and Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River actually caught fire because of industrial waste and other pollution contaminating its waters.

In addition to reflecting on EPA’s accomplishments, Administrator Jackson visited with people working to confront today’s environmental challenges. She talked with students in Atlanta and New York City who are taking action to protect their local environments, and spoke before the National Academy of Sciences on efforts to incorporate sustainability into EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment.

On Friday, Administrator Jackson keynoted Harvard University’s conference on EPA’s 40th anniversary, discussing the challenges the agency will confront in the future.  In the last 40 years, “hard won advances have created healthier families, cleaner communities and a stronger America,” Administrator Jackson said at Harvard.  “Some think it’s time to roll back the clock on those advances.  But we know that is not what the American people want.  This is a time to use this agency – built and shaped through bipartisan and nonpartisan actions – to serve this country.”

Throughout the week, the Administrator took time to thank EPA employees for the work they do each day, saying that every American has benefitted from the dedication and passion of EPA’s workers. This week we honor their work for healthier families, cleaner communities and a stronger America by ensuring that EPA continues to improve the lives of every American for the next 40 years and beyond.

For more information about EPA’s 40th anniversary – including a video that highlights some of the Agency’s significant achievements in protecting Americans’ health and environment – please visit EPA@40’s Anniversary web site.


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