Environmental Protection Agency regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Environmental Protection Agency: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Clean Air Act (CAA), 42 USC 7401et seq.

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Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 USC 1251et seq.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 USC 9601et seq.

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), 42 USC 11001et seq.

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 USC 136

Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), 33 USC 2702et seq.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 42 USC 6901et seq.

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), 42 USC 300fet seq.

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 USC 2601et seq.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Identification (ID) Number Requirements:

Generator ID number: 40 CFR 262.12

Transporter ID number: 40 CFR 263.11

Facility owner and operator ID number: 40 CFR 264.11 and 40 CFR 265.11

Used oil management ID number: 40 CFR 279.24, 40 CFR 279.42, 40 CFR 279.51, 40 CFR 279.62, and 40 CFR 279.73

Regulatory Agencies


U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.


In 1970, EPA was created through an executive-level reorganization plan presented by the Nixon administration. EPA's formation consolidated 15 separate federal environmental departments, or divisions, into one independent agency.

The head of EPA, the administrator, is appointed by the president and approved by the U.S. Senate. The EPA administrator is currently not part of the president's Cabinet. Although the EPA administrator is not a member of the Cabinet, the administrator reports directly to the president.

EPA Organization

Within EPA's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., there are several offices headed by assistant ...

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