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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.  To accomplish this mission, the EPA develops and enforces regulations, gives grants, study environmental issues, sponsor partnerships, teach people about the environment, and publish information.  EPA's purpose is to ensure that:

  • all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;

  • national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;

  • federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;

  • environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;

  • all parts of society -- communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments -- have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;

  • environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and 

  • the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

​Alaska is part of EPA's Region 10.  The EPA has an Alaska Operations Office in Anchorage and a Field Office in Juneau.  

The EPA was a charter member of the ABSI LCC Steering Committee, but withdrew in November 2012 from further participation at that level.

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