Many environmental laws enacted by Congress are enforced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA issues regulations for prevention of air and water pollution, protection of drinking water, proper solid waste management, and control of pesticide use. Their broad regulatory powers related to air and water pollution and solid waste management are of great interest to the agricultural producer and to agencies, such as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), that provide technical assistance to producers. State public health and environmental control agencies generally are responsible for implementing Federal as well as State control programs.
Federal legislation aimed at control of water pollution over the past two decades illustrates the national commitment to develop and implement a strategy that leads to cleaner air and water.
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