A Country Without the EPA

With the budget debates, many Republican congressman have attempted to strip the EPA of it's funding, while others have tried to get rid of the EPA all together.

Note: For the anti-EPA Republicans. The EPA was actually signed into law by a Republican president.

According to an article in the New York Times, 100 freelance photographers roamed the country in 1972 with a goal of "documenting 'the environmental happenings and non-happenings' of the decade."

So for the anti-environment people out there, here is some photographic evidence of why we still need the EPA and what would happen without government regulation of industry.

A view of Cleveland captured in 1973 by the photographer Frank Aleksandrowicz
The city dump in Moab, Utah, in 1972
Burning Discarded Automobile Batteries, 07/1972

Warning of Polluted Water at Staten Island Beach Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Background 06/1973

To view some more of these DOCUMERICA photos visit flickr