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[2] It is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the President of the United States. The EPA is not a Cabinetagency, but the Administrator is normally given cabinet rank. Lisa P. Jackson is the current Administrator. The agency has approximately 18,000 full-time employees. [3] Overview EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The EPA employs 17,000 people in headquarters program offices, 10 regional offices, and 27 laboratories across the country. More than half of its staff are engineers, scientists, and environmental protection specialists; other groups include legal, public affairs, financial, and computer specialists.
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The agency conducts environmental assessment, research, and education. It has the primary responsibility for setting and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state, tribal, and local governments. It delegates some permitting, monitoring, and enforcement responsibility to U.S. states and Native American tribes. EPA enforcement powers include fines, sanctions, and other measures. The agency also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts. Responsibilities of the EPA The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for preventing, detecting, and enforcing environmental crimes, informing the public about environmental enforcement, and setting and monitoring standards of air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste, and hazardous chemicals. While this agency aids in preventing and identifying hazardous situations, it is hard to construct a specific mission statement given its wide range of responsibilities. [45] It is impossible to address every environmental crime adequately or efficiently if there is no specific mission statement to refer to. The EPA answers to various groups, competes for resources, and confronts a wide array of harms to the environment. All of these present challenges. Obstacles the EPA faces when enforcing laws include: a lack of resources, its self-policing policy, and a broadly defined legislation that creates too much discretion for EPA officers. [46] 1. Introduction Employers want to be sure their employees are doing a good job, but employees don't want their every sneeze or trip to the water cooler logged. That's the essential conflict of workplace monitoring. New technologies make it possible for employers to monitor many aspects of their employees' jobs, especially on telephones, computer terminals, through electronic and voice mail, and when employees are using the Internet. Such monitoring is virtually unregulated. Therefore, unless company policy specifically states otherwise (and even this is not assured), your employer may listen, watch and read most of your workplace communications.
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