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[For the Environmental Protection Agency statement of organization, see the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 1]
The purpose of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect and enhance our environment today and for future generations to the fullest extent possible under the laws enacted by Congress. The Agency's mission is to control and abate pollution in the areas of air, water, solid waste, pesticides, radiation, and toxic substances. EPA's mandate is to mount an integrated, coordinated attack on environmental pollution in cooperation with State and local governments.
The Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency was created to permit coordinated and effective governmental action on behalf of the environment. EPA endeavors to abate and control pollution systematically, by proper integration of a variety of research, monitoring, standard
setting, and enforcement activities. As a complement to its other activities, EPA coordinates and supports research and antipollution activities by State and local governments, private and public groups, individuals, and educational institutions. EPA also reinforces efforts among other Federal agencies with respect to the impact of their operations on the environment, and it is specifically charged with publishing its determinations when those hold that a proposal is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of public health or welfare or environmental quality. In all, EPA is designed to serve as the public's advocate for a livable environment.
Air and Radiation The air activities of the Agency include:
-development of national programs, technical policies, and regulations for air pollution control;
-enforcement of standards;
-development of national standards for air quality, emission standards for new stationary and mobile sources, and emission standards for hazardous pollutants;
-technical direction, support, and evaluation of regional air activities; and -provision of training in the field of air pollution control.
Related activities include technical assistance to States and agencies having radiation protection programs, including radon mitigation programs; a national surveillance and inspection program for measuring radiation levels in the environment.
For further information, call 202–382-7400.
Water EPA's water quality activities represent a coordinated effort to restore the Nation's waters. The functions of this program include:
-development of national programs, technical policies, and regulations for water pollution control and water supply; -ground water protection;
-marine and estuarine protection; -enforcement of standards;
-water quality standards and effluent guidelines development;
-technical direction, support, and evaluation of regional water activities; -development of programs for technical assistance and technology transfer; and
-provision of training in the field of water quality.
For further information, call 202-382-5700. Solid Waste and Emergency Response The Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response provides policy, guidance, and direction for the Agency's hazardous waste and emergency response programs. The functions of these programs include:
-development of policies, standards, and regulations for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal;
-national management of the Superfund toxic waste cleanup program; -development of guidelines for the emergency preparedness and "Community Right to Know" programs; -development of guidelines and standards for underground storage tanks; -enforcement of applicable laws and regulations;
-analysis of technologies and methods for the recovery of useful energy from solid waste; and
-provision of technical assistance in the development, management, and operation of waste management activities.
For further information, call 202-382-4610. Pesticides and Toxic Substances The Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances is responsible for:
-developing national strategies for the control of toxic substances;
-directing the pesticides and toxic substances enforcement activities;
-developing criteria for assessing chemical substances, standards for test protocols for chemicals, rules and procedures for industry reporting and regulations for the control of substances deemed to be hazardous to man or the environment; and
-evaluating and assessing the impact of existing chemicals, new chemicals, and chemicals with new uses to
determine the hazard and, if needed, develop appropriate restrictions.
Additional activities include control and regulation of pesticides and reduction in their use to ensure human safety and protection of environmental quality;
-establishment of tolerance levels for pesticides that occur in or on food;
-monitoring of pesticide residue levels in food, humans, and nontarget fish and wildlife and their environments; and
-investigation of pesticide accidents. It also coordinates activities under its statutory responsibilities with other agencies for the assessment and control of toxic substances and pesticides.
For further information, call 202-382-2902. Research and Development The Office of Research and Development is responsible for a national research program in pursuit of technological controls of all forms of pollution. It directly supervises the research activities of EPA's national laboratories and gives technical policy direction to those laboratories that support the program responsibilities of EPA's regional offices. Close coordination of the various research programs is designed to yield a synthesis of knowledge from the biological, physical, and social sciences that can be interpreted in terms of total human and environmental needs.
General functions include management of selected demonstration programs, planning for Agency environmental quality monitoring programs, coordination of Agency monitoring efforts with those of other Federal agencies, the States, and other public bodies, and dissemination of Agency research, development, and demonstration results.
For further information, call 202-382-7676.
EPA's 10 regional offices represent the Agency's commitment to the development of strong local programs for pollution abatement. The Regional Administrators are the Agency's principal representatives in the regions in contacts and relationships with Federal, State,
Sources of Information
Inquiries for information on the following subjects should be directed to the specified office of the Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street SW., Washington, DC 20460.
Contracts and Procurement
Procurement and Contracts Management Division. Phone, 202-382-5020. Employment Personnel Management Division. Phone, 202-382-3144. Freedom of Information Requests Freedom of Information Officer. Phone, 202-382-4048.
Reading Room Information Management and Services Division. Phone, 202-382-5921. Public Reading Room-2430 Mall.
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For further information, contact the Office of Public Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street SW., Washington, DC 20460. Phone, 202-382-4361. Or write to the Public Information Office of the nearest EPA Regional Office.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
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Special Assistant Commissioner Special Assistant Legal Assistant Commissioner Special Assistant
Special Assistant Commissioner
Director, Office of Audit
Director, Office of Communications and
Director, Legal Counsel
Director, Office of Management
Director, Office of Performance Services
HILDA RODRIGUEZ, Acting
ROSALIE GAULL SILBERMAN
EVAN J. KEMP, JR.
CHRISTOPHER G. BELL
SHERRYL J. POWERS
CHARLES A. SHANOR
The purpose of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is to eliminate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or age in hiring, promoting, firing, setting wages, testing, training, apprenticeship, and all other terms and conditions of employment. The Commission also promotes voluntary action programs by employers, unions, and community organizations to make equal employment opportunity an actuality. EEOC also has oversight responsibility for all compliance and enforcement activities relating to equal employment opportunity among Federal employees and applicants, including handicap discrimination.
The Equal Employment Opportunity
VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42