Administrator Russell E. Train, 1973-1977

Official portrait of Administrator Russell E. Train
Official portrait of Administrator Russell E. Train

Administrator Train served as the second EPA Administrator, from September 1973 to January 1977. During this time, he supported:

  • EPA's expansion of interest in international affairs;
  • the approval of the catalytic converter to achieve Clean Air Act automobile emission reductions;
  • the implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); and
  • EPA's work to balance the demands of the energy crisis with environmental issues.

More information available about Administrator Train is below.  

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  • Biography of Russell E. Train
  • Russell E. Train: Oral History Interview (EPA publications number 202-K-93-001; July 1993) -- examines the early life and career, and the term of the second EPA Agency Administrator (1973-77), Russell E. Train, including his pre-EPA role as Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ); EPA policy developments related to the catalytic converter, pesticide registration, toxic substances, the Clean Air Act, and energy; EPA relations with Congress, the White House, states/cities, and the environmental movement; issues related to EPA in an international setting, and efforts towards Cabinet status.
  • November 1985 article "EPA History (1970-1985)" - includes information on Train's tenure

Articles by Administrator Train

  • EPA's Task from Nov./Dec. 1980 EPA Journal
  • Views from Former Administrators from November 1985 EPA Journal