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EPA feels like home to new administrator

June 29, 2009 In her second stint with the Environmental Protection Agency -- the first spanned four presidential administrations -- Lisa Jackson has some perspective on what changed during the George W. Bush years and what the new president expects. Speaking about the $10.5 billion that Barack Obama has requested for the EPA...

EPA likely to see changes under next administration

October 8, 2008 Editor's note: This article is excerpted from a National Journal story exploring how much of a difference the next president will be able to make in a number of policy areas. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama promises to create a more independent Environmental Protection Agency and to "reinvigorate the EPA,...

EPA is missing in action on major environmental issues, observers charge

April 14, 2008 The Environmental Protection Agency is failing to live up to its name these days, its legions of critics agree. At a time when the nation's top environmental regulators face increasingly complex pollution problems, President Bush is pushing for dramatic cuts in EPA's budget, his administration's strained, pro-industry interpretations of environmental...

NASA veteran a key player in global warming debate

May 28, 2004 James Hansen, a 37-year NASA veteran who directs the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is the kind of expert whom presidents turn to for scientific briefings on climate change. Shortly after George W. Bush moved into the White House, for instance, he invited Hansen to talk to top administration...

Bush not doing enough to protect chemical plants, critics contend

August 7, 2003 In a Rose Garden ceremony in July 2002, President Bush unveiled his strategy for preventing terrorist attacks on American soil. Flanked by key lawmakers from both major parties, he announced plans to create a Department of Homeland Security and released a report identifying the federal agencies designated to protect particularly...

Forest Service to fight fires with logging, aggressive management

July 26, 2002 Last summer, in the weeks before President Bush nominated him to oversee the U.S. Forest Service, Mark E. Rey spent his spare time devouring books on the history of the nation's forests. One tome that he later recommended to others was Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great...

Three departments offer important lessons on reorganization

June 14, 2002 Creating a Department of Homeland Security will demand the biggest reorganization of government in 50 years. But those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it, and in Washington, there is an awful lot of history that no one would want to repeat. The last three Cabinet departments...

Agencies pull sensitive information from Web sites

October 19, 2001 In an attempt to keep potentially dangerous information away from terrorists, the federal government is feverishly erasing an untold number of pages from its official Web sites. To the consternation of watchdog groups and many journalists, government agencies have been quietly deleting detailed descriptions of, among other things, U.S. fuel...

EPA stuck with backlog of environmental justice decisions

July 30, 2001 For the past four years, Rep. Joseph Knollenberg, R-Mich., has had a thing about the Environmental Protection Agency's environmental justice program--he's hated it. Year after year, Knollenberg has attached a rider to the EPA's budget bill barring regulators from using federal funds to implement an agency guidance document on civil...

Environmental Protection Agency

June 29, 2001 Established: 1970 Address: 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460 Phone: 202-260-2090 2001 Budget: $7.6 billion Employment: 18,657 Web Site: Function: The EPA conducts environmental research and enforces federal laws aimed at protecting human health and the environment. The agency regulates air and water pollution, hazardous-waste disposal and cleanup,...

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