Congress has charged the EPA with administering many of our nation’s key environmental statutes, which serve to protect the health of our citizens and ensure a cleaner and safe environment for ourselves and our children. The Agency’s statutory responsibilities are many, and we constantly seek to implement the environmental laws faithful to both the applicable legal standards and the guiding science.
While Congress wrote the laws to create many mandatory duties for EPA to protect people’s health and our environment, it also included provisions that allow affected citizens to challenge the Agency’s final actions, providing a citizen-induced check on the full implementation of the relevant laws’ provisions. This means of holding our government accountable is, by no means, limited to the environmental arena. It is, in many respects, a bedrock component of how our system of government best operates, with the watchful eye of an engaged citizenry cast upon its government.
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