Environmental Landmarks


First Earth Day

April 22, 1970 - April 23, 1970

this event is yearly

Clean Air Act

December 31, 1970 - Present

Clean Air Act prevented more than 200,000 premature deaths

National Action on Air Quality

April 30, 1971 - Present

national standards on six common pollutants: sulfur oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, photochemical oxidants, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons.

EPA Defines Air Pollution Danger Levels

October 19, 1971 - Present

EPA define when air hazards are life threating


June 14, 1972 - Present

DDT is banned after public concern. Racheal Carson is credited with exposing the dangerous of DDT.

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

August 15, 1972 - Present

An agreement was reached to clean up the Great Lakes, which contain 95 percent of America's fresh water and supply drinking water to approximately 25 million people.

Clean Water Act

October 18, 1972 - Present

"purpose of the Clean Water Act is to restore and maintain our nation's waters by preventing pollution, providing assistance to publicly-owned wastewater treatment facilities, and maintaining the integrity of wetlands"
"EPA website"

Ocean Dumping Act

October 23, 1972 - Present

Congress enacts The Ocean Dumping Act

Safe Drinking Water Act

December 16, 1974 - Present

regulation of the quality of public drinking water

Cancer-Causing Pesticides Banned

July 30, 1975 - Present

Administrator Train orders the suspension of two lawn and garden pesticides, heptachlor and chlordane, after the chemicals caused cancer in mice and rats. New studies that led to Train's decision revealed that about 75% of dairy and meat products in the United States contained the chemicals and that virtually every person in the U.S. had residue of the chemical in their bodies, including unborn babies.
"EPA website"

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

September 30, 1975 - Present

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act gives EPA authority to control hazardous waste from the 'cradle-to-grave,' including the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of harmful materials
"EPA website"

Clean Water Act of 1977

December 28, 1975 - Present

The Act stressed the importance of toxic pollutant control

PCB Phase-out Begins

April 19, 1978 - Present

EPA begins phasing out the production and use of PCBs

Phaseout of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)

October 15, 1978 - Present

EPA's phase-out of fluorocarbon gases, which destroy the ozone layer, begins today.
"EPA website"

Nuclear Waste Policy Act

January 1, 1982 - Present

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act, allowing for the safe storage and disposal of radioactive waste

Emergency EDB Pesticide Ban

September 30, 1984 - Present

emergency suspension of ethylene dibromide (EDB) as a soil fumigant

90 Percent Reduction of Lead in Gasoline

March 6, 1985 - Present

final standard to .10 grams per leaded gallon

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments

June 19, 1986 - Present

President Reagan signs the Amendments, which require EPA to regulate over 100 contaminants by 1991 and expand EPA enforcement power. The legislation also banned the use of lead materials in water systems and called for tighter regulation of drinking water wells.
"EPA Website"

Wetlands Protection

October 6, 1986 - Present

New laws guided by the EPA on Wetlands and increasing the amount of them over the US

Alar (Daminozide) Pesticide Banned for Use on Foods

November 7, 1989 - Present

EPA ordered an immediate prohibition on all sales, distribution and use of daminozide on all food crops, based on evidence that it causes tumors in laboratory animals and that lifetime dietary exposure to this product may result in an unacceptable risk to public health.
"EPA website"

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)

April 19, 1990 - Present

EPA launches the Toxic Release Inventory, which tells the public which pollutants are being released from specific facilities in their communities
:"EPA website"

Toxic Waste Control

May 8, 1990 - Present

EPA rules that the most hazardous wastes must be treated before they are disposed of on land

New Standards for Chemical Plants

march 1994 - Present

First Refinery Regulation

july 28th 1995 - Present

Municipal Waste Combustors

december 19, 1995 - Present

to reduce toxic emissions by 90 percent from 1990 levels.

Regional Haze Rule

July 1999 - Present

reduce the haze around and in national parks

EPA Launches Methane to Markets International Partnership

November 16 2004 - Present

The goal of M2M is to reduce global methane emissions to enhance economic growth, strengthen energy security, ensure industrial safety, and improve air quality.
From the EPA website. its quoted.

WaterSense Program Created

June 12, 2006 - Present

WaterSense has helped consumers save 46 billion gallons of water and $343 million on their water and sewer bills since its launch.
watersense information and the EPA website... its quoted.

Obamas presidenacy

2009 - 2017

•Worked to make the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation
•Laid the groundwork for a new green energy economy
•Attempted to double the amount of renewable energy
•Provided tax credits and loan guarantees to companies the are part of the green economy
•Making more loans available to small businesses including cleantech startups
•Wants producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources
•Developed a program for renewable energy projects on the waters of our outer continental shelf to produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents
•Signed Executive Order 13514 that directed Federal Agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution, meet a number of energy, water, and waste reduction targets, and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies
•Rejected the environmentally destructive Keystone XL pipeline
•Ordered federal transportation officials to develop new federal rules directing automakers to start making more fuel-efficient cars
•Enacted fuel efficiency standards that will reduce emissions by will requiring cars and light trucks manufactured in the US to get 54.5 mpg by 2025
•Allowed states to enact higher standards than those mandated by the Federal government
•Saved the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry build greener cars
•Encouraged GM to make more fuel efficient cars that helped the company to once again be the world’s largest automaker
•Provided tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles
•Implemented the cash for clunkers program offered vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars
•Saved the economy from collapse by providing a $789 billion economic stimulus plan known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which has helped to create green jobs
•Sought to build a new electrical grid
•Increased research funding for science and research labs (including research related to climate change and the green economy)
•Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports\
•Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
•Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology
•Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy.
•Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect
•Made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools.
•Increased student loans
•Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost.
•New funds for school construction including green schools
white house webpage

Stimulus Plan

February 19, 2009

"President Obama signs the Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which provides $7 billion for EPA projects and programs. The funding will protect and promote jobs that protect our health and environment, such as efforts to reduce diesel emissions, and cleanup of hazardous waste sites or leaking underground storage tanks"
EPA site took this qoute

Stronger Smog Standard

january 6, 2010

Obama Signs Executive Order Forming Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force

october 5, 2010

efforts to implement restoration programs and projects in the Gulf Coast region

Greenhouse Gas Reporting

november 22, 2010

geologic sequestration. Sequestration allows large emitters of carbon dioxide to significantly reduce the GHGs they emit
EPA website

First National Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

December 21, 2011

Comprehensive Plan for Climate Change

June 25, 2013

President Obama announces a climate change strategy focusing on preparing for the effects of climate change, cutting carbon pollution in the U.S., and providing international technical assistance

epa website