Frequent Questions

What is the mission of EPA and its regulatory partners?

EPA's basic mission is to protect human health and the environment -- air, water, and land. EPA, state, local and tribal agencies work together to ensure compliance with environmental laws passed by Congress, state legislatures and tribal governments.

These laws cover four types of environmental regulations:

  1. controlling the emission discharge of pollution;
  2. regulating certain industrial waste and products;
  3. public information requirements; and
  4. cleanup of contaminated sites.

There are also state, tribal and local laws aimed at protecting public health and environment.

EPA has strengthened its enforcement and compliance assurance program by expanding, in consultation with its partners, innovative approaches to compliance and enforcement. (See Next Generation Compliance)

Employing an integrated approach of:

  • compliance assistance,
  • compliance incentives and
  • civil and criminal enforcement,

EPA and its partners work to maximize compliance and reduce threats to public health and the environment. 

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