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    The Role of the EPA in Acid Rain and Superfund Policy

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    Specifically, answer the following relative to The Office of Environmental Protection:
    What do they do?
    Who runs this department?
    What is acid rain and what is this dept. doing about it?
    What is the Superfund all about and is it necessary? Why or why

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    EPA's purpose is to ensure that (www.epa.gov):

    * 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 ...

    Solution Summary

    The Environmental Protection Agency serves many purposes including the conducting of research for environmental issues and using this research to propose policies in an effort to better control for potential problems related to environmental concerns. Because environmental problems often create externalities (i.e., hazardous waste can create runoff, causing contamination of nearby watersheds), setting policy can be a complex process, involving many players and many components.