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My EPA Experience

2010 December 6

By Denise Owens

When I decided to apply for a job at EPA in 1984, I had no idea what I was in store for. It was the first agency to call me back for an interview. So I decided to take the interview. After being hired, I started working in the Public Affairs / Press Office. I actually started with the agency because it was a job.

I was unaware of how enthusiastic people were to learn about the environment. At this moment in my life the environment was not my top priority. But after speaking to several reporters and private citizens, calling into the office speaking about the environment this actually grabbed my attention. It was amazing to hear the different perspectives that were being said about the environment.

I experienced working with the Press Office when Chernobyl was going on; however this is when the environment became my environment. It completely got my attention and that’s when I decided I needed to get more involved with the environment.

As of today, I’m still working with the agency and it has become a significant part of my life. Earth Day and EPA@40 gives me a great feeling to know that EPA is doing an excellent job and I’m proud to be a part of EPA.

About the author: Denise Owens has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency for over 25 years.

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  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    December 6, 2010

    Denise is EPA’s experienceholics!!!
    Your experiences in EPA draws who the human’s loves her job. It’s amazing, because rarely the human call repeats to the world one word: experience !. EPA’s needs more like Denise again, because if all person like Denise, I am sure your Goal make environmental protection become eliminated, surely lost at the future….. Good luck Denise !!!!!

  2. GREAT INSPIRATION permalink
    December 6, 2010



  3. Ponytail62 permalink
    December 6, 2010

    If the Republicans get their way these are the type of ,Government Jobs, that they wish to eliminate.Leaving us,the Public, and the rest of the inhabitants of this planet,at the mercy of Big Money,to desecrate our world as they see fit with no regard to future residences namely,OUR CHILDREN>

  4. Bruce Cowan permalink
    December 6, 2010

    Possess 1.7 years of commitment experience with the State (California) Air Resources Board, Mobile Source Control Division of El Monte; received great knowledge and work experience with the Field Studies Warranty Section and Vehicle Certification Section. Provided accurate analysis of technical data to ensure completeness and meet closing dates. For many years, I have had an interest in the air quality and health issues that affects our entire population, a fact that is illustrated by my choice of major and volunteer service with the California Air Resources Board (Cal EPA). I have been very aware for several years that the air quality within highly populated cities is extremely poor, and that many cities fail to meet federal and state ambient air quality standards. Presently, we are experiencing in highly populated cities crucial air quality and health problems that involve the air pollutant ozone and its sources. With the ozone levels growing in urban areas, it is by far our nation’s most persistent and widespread air quality problem.

    I am very concerned in improving the air quality for both our present and future generations, and I am interested working in an environment that advocates control, prevention, and reduction of toxic air contaminants to protect our public’s health. I would like to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to have our nation comply with air quality standards.

  5. Bill permalink
    December 13, 2010

    Ponytail62, I am old enough to remember when the EPA came into existance. There was oil and other chemicals being spilled in streams and toxics buried in landfills that were later deeded over to a city government later sold to housing developers and so we had a mess as people were exposed to toxic chemicals.
    Many good things have happened but then the Enviromental movenment got taken over by extremely radical liberals. They were not concerned with science but just wanted to shut down all industry.
    Hope you will resort to science and not emotions when judging industry. We do need industry in America and it can operate with minimal pollution. We do a much better job than Red China which is the Utopian Socialistic country to many liberals.

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