About the
Environmental Protection Agency


EPA's mission is to protect human health and the environment.

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.

We at Save EPA think all Americans have a right to breathe clean air, drink clean water and enjoy an unpolluted environment.

We remember when smog choked our cities, polluted rivers caught on fire, and people lived on top of toxic wastes. We remember when American leaders from across the political spectrum came together to clean up our air, water, and soils.

The environmental protections we enjoy today resulted from those bipartisan efforts - and those environmental protections are under assault today. We don't want to see our environmental protections go away – do you?


NRDC has a good overview of EPA's work  How the EPA Protects Our Environment and Health Our colleagues at the Environmental Integrity Project are tracking  TRUMP’S WAR ON THE ENVIRONMENT which includes a summary of  WHY EPA MATTERS   Can EPA Maintain Its Mission?  See how EPA is being systematically undermined through this series of blog posts from Harvard Law School's Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. Our colleagues at the Environmental Protection Network are developing a series of Fact Sheets describing key aspects of EPA protections threatened by total elimination or severe budget reductions. The EPA Alumni Association developed an essay, Protecting the Environment: A Half Century of Progress, to tell the story of our nation’s environmental history for those who don’t know or remember it. Shortly after its founding, EPA commissioned photographers to document what the USA was like in the early 1970s.

Documerica: What America looked like before the EPA  (Search and download in Flickr)

Environmental Studies: Documerica Highlights (Search and download by category) 

Scott Pruitt has developed a 4-year strategic plan for EPA that represents a giant step backwards in both protecting public health and the environment and in providing accountability to the public. 

All federal agencies are required to develop and maintain strategic plans. These plans are used to guide the agency's work and to establish accountability to Congress and the public. The strategic plan underlies the agency's annual budget request while simultaneously and provides a means to measure the agency's performance in pervious years.  According to the Government Accounting Office (GAO):

Strategic plans are the starting point and basic underpinning for a system of program goal setting and performance measurement throughout the federal government. A multi-year strategic plan articulates the fundamental mission (or missions) of an organization, and lays out its long-term general goals for implementing that mission, including the resources needed to reach these goals...

The Strategic Plan will define the agency mission, long-term goals, strategies planned, and the approaches it will use to monitor its progress in addressing specific national problems, needs, challenges, and opportunities related to its mission. It explains the importance of the goals, appraises the agency’s capabilities, assesses the operating environment and provides for evaluations and other studies to inform agency actions. The Strategic Plan should explain why goals and strategies were chosen, discussing the relevant evidence supporting the selected goals and strategies."

Federal agencies are required to update their strategic plans every four years. EPA's 2014-2018 Strategic Plan can be viewed here

Save EPA submitted comments to EPA on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. You can view or download our comments here.

  See our analysis of how the Trump Administration's 2018 budget proposal re-prioritizes and undercuts EPA's previous work at How EPA's Priorities and Workplan Are Changing in the Trump Administration

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Save EPA has been an all-volunteer group of former EPA officials who became alarmed about the Trump agenda for EPA and joined together to fight it.

With newly-elected President-Elect Biden and VP-Elect Harris coming in January, the need to "save EPA" is much less urgent. This is not to imply all clear skies ahead - there is much re-building to do, there will be negative pressures on the new administration, and we will likely have policy differences in the future. However, we are hopeful that these differences will be discussed rationally, using science as a basis for moving forward, and keeping EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment in the forefront.

And so, we are going back to retirement!  We're keeping our website up at http://saveepaalums.info/ , as a resource for those who want to follow and influence the restoration work. Our report on the Trump record at EPA describes the actions that need to be reversed [saveepaalums.info/Trump+era+report], and our guide to participating in the rulemaking process [http://saveepaalums.info/Resistance+Guide] can help you be part of the solution.

Thank you for your support and commitment during the past 3.5 years.  While the Trump assaults were unending, they were also frequently unsuccessful, and that was due in large part to public outrage.  Keep it up!  Although EPA will be in much better hands with a Biden administration, there is always a need for an informed and engaged public.

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