The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. EPA is led by the Administrator, who is appointed by the President of the United States. The Agency works to develop and enforce regulations that implement environmental laws enacted by Congress. EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs, and delegates to states and tribes the responsibility for issuing permits and for monitoring and enforcing compliance. In recent years, between 40 and 50 percent of EPA's enacted budgets have provided direct support through grants to State environmental programs. At laboratories located throughout the nation, the Agency works to assess environmental conditions and to identify, understand, and solve current and future environmental problems; integrate the work of scientific partners such as nations, private sector organizations, academia and other agencies; and provide leadership in addressing emerging environmental issues and in advancing the science and technology of risk assessment and risk management. EPA advances educational efforts to develop an environmentally conscious and responsible public, and to inspire personal responsibility in caring for the environment.
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