GROWTH OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT The modern environmental movement began to take shape during the 1970s. In fact, the year 1970 brought about a number of important events that helped the movement to maintain its momentum. These vents included the pass- ing of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the advent of Earth Day, and the establishment of the EPA by President Richard Nixon. The EPA allowed the federal government to study and develop regulations for environ- mental pollutants. The 1970s featured a slew of legislation that worked to protect the environment. Some of the most significant events included the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Coastal Zone Man- agement Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Safe Drink- ing Water Act (SWDA), and much more. The aim of these

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Contemporary Issues: The Environment

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