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  • Heather Cummings

40 Years of the EPA...Thank You!

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

The New York Times recently ran an article regarding the success of the EPA. Given the current political comments regarding the agency, this article stood out. The EPA was created 40 years ago, during a time when pollution was low on most organizations’ lists of concerns. Since its creation in 1970, the agency has managed to improve air quality drastically, but because of their success many adults forget what life was like before the agency’s inception.

While many feel as if the EPA has done all it can, and is now just wasting money and creating unnecessary regulations, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has a different opinion.

“We’ve made enormous progress,” said Jackson. “We’ve gotten to the point now where we don’t see the pollution as often as we did, and in some ways, that makes our job a little bit harder. It’s pollution that’s less easy to photograph and less easy to get people riled up about.”

Jackson admitted that the agency’s regulations are less fruitful than in the past, but that they still have purpose, and remain more beneficial than detrimental.

The EPA continues to search for new ways to improve air and water quality, while remaining conscious of economic implications. Though many are skeptical of the EPA’s practices, the simple fact is, the environment is in better shape now than 40 years ago.

To learn more about new EPA regulations and how they may affect your company contact Tom Peteresen at 215-881-9401 or



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