Chemical & Engineering News,
October 30, 1995

Copyright © 1995 by the American Chemical Society.

SPECIAL ISSUE

How close to the goal?
EPA celebrates its silver anniversary with a solid record of accomplishment, but the agency is unable to rest on its laurels as it tackles more intractable forms of environmental degradation in a hostile political climate.


INTRODUCTION

Public outcry over environmental tragedies drove the formation by President Nixon in December 1970 of an independent agency to enforce environmental policy.

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Five of the six former EPA administrators give their perspectives of the bumpy, but overall successful, history of the agency and of what's needed for its future.

INDUSTRY'S TAKE

EPA's relationship with the chemical industry has convinced industry leaders that a strong EPA is necessary, but many say EPA must be reformed to be more cost-effective.

ACTIVISTS' ASSESSMENT

Environmental leaders give EPA mixed reviews, admitting agency had early success in cleaning up and preventing gross pollution while worrying about EPA's future direction.

SCIENCE AT EPA

Environmental scientists and engineers fault EPA for its shifting and short-term research focus and criticize the way the agency integrates science into decision-making.

DELEGATING AUTHORITY

Current politics are accelerating the push for states and localities to assume a new and stronger role in establishing a balance in environmental protection.



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