Does the EPA have a lot of political power?



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    The Environmental Protection Agency is known for throwing a lot of weight around, proverbially speaking. Their name is attached to most of the major policies having to do with environmental policy in the US, including The Clean Air Act (1963), The Resource Recovery Act (1970) and The Endangered Species Act (1973).

    However, a study conducted in 2008 (during the Bush presidency) indicates that employees of the EPA may be subject to political interference. In a poll, half of the EPA’s staff scientists reported misreporting, tampering or inappropriate employer requests. So, as powerful as the EPA may be legislatively, they have reportedly shown their susceptibility concerning White House influence.  

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