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The paper looks at the role the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plays in protecting and promoting the health of the public in the United States. The paper discusses the EPA's structure, its sources of funding and its ability to effectively carry out its mission. The paper explains that the EPA has been hampered by the regulatory effects of the economic realities of governmental agencies and argues that the EPA cannot effectively do its job of maintaining public health while politics control its actions.
From the Paper:"The main purpose of the Environmental Protection Agency is fairly evident in the organization's name, but the implications and interactions of its efforts to regulate and protect the environment are far more complex and extensive than the name at first suggests. Established in 1970 with the primary task of repairing environmental damage where it had already occurred and preventing undue damage from industry and other sources--with a debatable level of success--the EPA is an independent office of the federal government (EPA 2009). Though it has regional offices across the nation, it does not have dedicated state or local branches, nor is it officially connected through organizational structures to other federal or state offices, which allows the EPA to retain its independence of purpose and decision making (EPA 2009).
"That being said, the Environmental Protection Agency does work closely with many other organizations and offices, both directly and indirectly, in promoting public well being (HHS 2009). In addition, most states have their own Environmental Protection Agencies, and though these are not run by or affiliated with the federal EPA, efforts between and amongst the agencies are often highly coordinated (EPA 2009; HHS 2009). This does not mean that the federal EPA leaves situations to the various state and local agencies either, but rather it provides its own system of regulations and remedies in addition to whatever the various state and local agencies and organizations implement."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (2009). Official Website. Accessed 20 August 2009. http://www.epa.gov/
- Health and Human Services (HHS) (2009). "EPA announces public health emergency in Libby, Montana." Accessed 20 August 2009. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/06/20090617b.html
- Peterson, J. (2009). "EPA public health ruling would spring lawsuits on agriculture." Billings gazette. Accessed 20 August 2009. http://www.billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/article_9e452c90-9d1c-5660-8543-bf5d3e9ef316.html
- Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) (2009). "EPA air pollution decision threatens public health." Accessed 20 August 2009. http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/abuses_of_science/epa-air-pollution-decision.html
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The EPA as a Public Health Organization (2012, January 25) Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/the-epa-as-a-public-health-organization-150085/
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