The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an example of what type of government entity? Is it an Independent Executive Agency, an Independent Regulatory Commission, a Cabinet Department, or...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an example of what type of government entity? Is it an Independent Executive Agency, an Independent Regulatory Commission, a Cabinet Department, or a Government Corporation?

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The correct answer to this is A.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an example of an independent executive agency.

Independent executive agencies are not cabinet departments (though the Administrator of the EPA is given cabinet-level status) and they are not simply parts of cabinet departments.  They are generally created in order to give the president more direct control over them and/or to signify how important a given policy area is.  By creating the EPA as an independent executive agency, the government sent a message that the environment is very important.  This message would be less clearly sent if EPA's functions were simply carried out by some bureau within the Department of the Interior.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is an example of an independent executive agency. An independent executive agency is not a cabinet department, and the president has limited control in determining who runs the agency or works in it. Thus, the correct answer is choice A.

President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. This agency was created during a time period when environmentalism was growing. Books had been written about the effects of pollution on our environment as well as about the effects of the use of pesticides. By the end of the 1960s, more and more people were becoming concerned about the environment.

President Nixon created this independent agency, called the Environmental Protection Agency to do several things. One thing it would try to do would be to develop standards for the environment and to be sure they were being followed. Research would be done regarding issues dealing with the environment and help would be provided to those fighting against negative environmental practices. The goal of this agency would be to work to protect our environment from pollution and other negative practices. 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an example of an independent executive agency (A).

The agency was formed under President Nixon in 1970. The role of the agency is to create and enforce laws and standards that safeguard the health of the environment and people in the United States.

This can be done by setting standards for the amount of pollution in the air and monitoring the use of chemicals and pesticides. The agency was set up as an independent agency because the matters that the EPA deal with go beyond the scope of ordinary legislation. As such, an independent agency was formed to concentrate on the complicated issues.  

There is no use of "Department" in the name, so it is not a cabinet position. The agency does not regulate, but instead creates and enforces laws and standards, so it is not a regulatory commission, and they do not charge for their services, so they are not a government corporation. 

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