1.1 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

• This agency was created when Nixon combined various health and regulatory agencies into the EPA.

 

• The EPA primarily verifies environmental practices and takes corrective actions.

 

• Corrective actions might include,

- warnings

- conditions

- fines

- jail

 

• The EPA also sets some policies that are intended to be guides for industry.

 

• Recently the role of the EPA has been changing to be less adversarial and more supportive for industry.

 

• Some of the chemicals that the EPA targets in toxic releases are,

Benzene

Cadmium and compounds

Carbon Tetrachloride

Chloroform

Chromium and compounds

Cyanides

Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride)

Lead and compounds

Mercury and compounds

Methyl Ethyl Ketone

Methyl Isobutyl Ketone

Nickel and compounds

Tetracholoethylene

Toluene

Trichloroethylene

Toluene

Trichloroethane

Trichloroethylene

Xylene(s)

 

 

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