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EPA@40: 1970-2010

Special Message from the Administrator

Forty years ago, Americans across the nation took up a call for cleaner air, safer water and unpolluted land. They saw that to keep our families healthy, to build clean communities, and to make America stronger for the future, we needed to protect and preserve our environment. That grassroots movement led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. At its formation, the EPA was tasked with repairing the damage already done to the environment and establishing guidelines to help Americans make their environment cleaner and safer.

December 2, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the EPAs work to provide a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people. For four decades, we have confronted environmental challenges, fostered innovations, and cleaned up pollution in the places where people live, work, play and learn.

As we look to the past, we are also focused on the future. The EPA is strongly committed to protecting and preserving our country's environment through taking action on climate change; improving air quality; ensuring chemical safety; cleaning up our communities; protecting America's waters; working for environmental justice; and building strong state and tribal partnerships. Learn more about these priorities that will guide EPA's work in the years to come.

Please join us for a year of commemorative activities as we celebrate our past accomplishments and look forward to EPA's future. Help us mark four decades of healthier families, cleaner communities and a stronger America.

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