The EPA and Water Quality: A Conversation with Carol Browner
Established in 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has broad oversight of some of the nation’s most significant environmental programs: the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, wetlands permit processes, air quality regulations and pesticide regulations. Carol Browner, 41, was appointed chief administrator of the EPA in 1993 by President Clinton. In October, Foundation Executive Director Rita Schmidt Sudman interviewed Browner about drinking water issues, reauthorization of the Clean Water Act, the importance of pollution prevention and the need for public education on water quality issues. The article includes that interview and sidebars on the Safe Drinking Water Act, MTBE, perchlorate, and the Clean Water Act.