December 23, 2020

EPA at 50: Looking back at the formative years

Brigham Daniels and Andrew P. Follett

William Ruckelshaus died in late 2019, not long before the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As its first and fifth administrator, Ruckelshaus steered the agency at two critical points in its history—its founding under President Richard Nixon and its salvaging from severe mismanagement under the Reagan administration. The confluence of Ruckelshaus’s passing, EPA’s anniversary, and the imminent transition to a new administration make for an especially appropriate time to reflect on Ruckelshaus’s leadership in setting EPA’s past and future.

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