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Six good things Richard Nixon did for the environment

EPA created in 1970

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Created the EPA in 1970

The Environmental Protection Agency was formed in December 1970 after President Nixon submitted a plan to Congress calling for the creation of the agency. Before the EPA was created, our nation had no central authority overseeing the protection of the environment. The EPA writes and enforces rules governing human health and the environment and is currently led by Administrator Lisa Jackson.