The relationship between the EPA and Congress Since the founding of the EPA in 1970 has been marked by congressional oversight that has seriously frustrated the development and implementation of federal environmental protection policy. A destructive cycle has emerged: agency distrust has led to the failure of its policies, creating further distrust and further failure.
Richard J. Lazarus,
The Tragedy of Distrust in the Implementation of Federal Environmental Law,
54 Law and Contemporary Problems
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