FAQs: Does the EPA help, FAQ 6
How does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) help me? The Environmental Protection Agency is charged by the United States Congress to protect human health and the environment, by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. The EPA was formed by Congress in December 1970, subsequent to a plan submitted by President Richard M. Nixon, and ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate.
Unfortunately, due to vigorous industry lobbying, EPA regulations are under continual assault. It is in fact a myth that the government protects us. In reality, government-approved acceptable levels for liquid, solid, and airborne toxins, as well as for frequencies radiated by wireless communication devices, are higher than levels established as biologically safe, and in some cases the government tacitly encourages the introduction of pollutants into our environment.
For instance, eight of ten new chemicals win approval in less than three weeks at an average rate of 7 per day [from “Body Burden”, Environmental Working Group Jan. 2003]. And every week lobbyists for the chemical companies are influencing how the regulations governing those chemicals are written. Learn the truth behind the spin: The complexities of the environment and the human organism are explored in depth in Ecological Integration – IBE 203.2.
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