In the late 1960s, Ohio’s once pristine Cuyahoga River had become a floating landfill. The pollution and garbage cluttering the river got so bad that, in 1969, the river actually caught fire 13 times. In one instance, the flames reached as high as five stories. As the world entered the 1970s, it became clear that something had to be done. Now, 50 years later, let’s take a few moments to celebrate the response to that environmental calamity as we approach the EPA’s 50th anniversary in Portland, OR.
A bold response to pollution
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, pollution in the United States was becoming a serious threat to public health and safety. The chaos on the Cuyahoga was just one example of the nation’s neglect for its environment. By 1968, public outcry resulted in several disjointed federal programs designed to help some portion of the environment. In 1969, a Democratic effort in Congress led to the formation of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The legislation proposed the creation of a special Council on Environmental Quality to be run by the president.
Though initially proposed as an offshoot of the executive branch of government, it was the administration of President Richard Nixon in 1970 that reorganized the suggested council into a new federal agency charged with developing and executing the United States’ environmental policy. The bipartisan support for the program was so pronounced that the EPA legislation sped through Congress, and the new agency was started just 90 days before it had to begin implementing policy.
Fortunately, as we near the 50th anniversary of the EPA’s date of establishment, it’s clear that the Environmental Protection Agency has been a dynamic force for good in Portland, OR and throughout the country.
A whole lot of work in a half century
Most citizens of the United States understand that the primary duty of the EPA is to create and execute laws designed to protect the environment. It was the Environmental Protection Agency that took big polluting companies to task in the 1970s and 1980s, levying fines against the worst offenders. Over the next several decades, the federal agency also worked to regulate auto emissions, banned the harmful insecticide DDT and waged war on toxic waste throughout the nation.
Perhaps most importantly, however, the EPA educates the public about how to treat the environment. It was the EPA that turned the nation from being full of highway litterers in the late 1960s to a country with accessible recycling bins everywhere you look by the turn of the millennium.
Taking the EPA’s mission to heart
At Active Mold Control LLC, we’re thrilled about the EPA anniversary in Portland, OR, because we’re also passionate about protecting the quality of the environment, indoors and outdoors. We’re proud to adhere to the EPA’s guidelines and bring their mission into your home with the area’s best mold and mildew mitigation.
For over a decade, our expert technicians have delivered first-rate service to commercial and residential clients throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. We’re licensed, bonded and ready to serve your needs.
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