Business / Real Estate / Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): A federal agency created in 1970 by bringing together various federal pollution control activities that had been scattered among a number of federal departments and agencies. The EPA is involved with environmental problems of air and water pollution, solid-waste management, pesticides, radiation and noise. The EPA sets standards, determines how much pollution is tolerable, establishes timetables to bring polluters into line with its standards and enforces environmental laws. The EPA conducts an extensive environmental research program, provides technical, financial, and managerial help to state, regional and municipal pollution control agencies, and allocates funds for sewage-treatment facilities. The original authority of the EPA was broadened by passage of the Clean Air Amendments and the Resource Recovery Act in 1970, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments, the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act, the Noise Control Act and the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act in 1972, the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) in 1980.
Agency Noun Synonyms: means, medium, instrumentality, intervention, intercession, action, intermediation, operation, mechanism, force, power, activity, working(s), energy
Protection Adjective Synonyms: defense, screen, shield, barrier, guard, safeguard, immunity, bulwark, buffer, shelter, refuge, haven, sanctuary, security, safe keeping, safety, preservation
Protection Verb Synonyms: extortion, blackmail, protection money
Business / Agriculture / Homestead Protection: When a USDA farm loan borrower lacks the financial resources to make payments on a delinquent loan, is ineligible for a restructured loan, and is unable to buy out the loan at the net recovery value o MORE
Business / Agriculture / Horse Protection Act: P.L. 91-540 (December 9,1970), as amended, makes it a crime to exhibit, or transport for the purpose of exhibiting, any 'sored' horse, which is one whose feet have been injured deliberately to accentu MORE
Business / Agriculture / Heritage Rivers Protection Program: A Clinton Administration initiative to deliver federal resources more efficiently and effectively that supports voluntary community efforts to enhance and protect designated rivers or river segments: MORE