The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency of the U.S. federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.
EPA also studies environmental issues; at laboratories located throughout the U.S.A., we identify and try to solve environmental problems. To learn even more, we share information with other countries, private sector organizations, academic institutions, and other agencies. Through written materials and this Web site, EPA informs the public about our activities. EPA also provides grants for state environmental programs, non-profits, educational institutions and others.