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What is the government doing to stop pollution?

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The federal government is working to reduce pollution by enacting laws and policies related to recycling, greenhouse gases, waste management and sustainability. Acting presidents have the authority to write executive orders relating to these issues. State governments also have agencies dedicated to enacting and enforcing pollution-related laws and policies.

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The Environmental Protection Agency plays an important federal role in reducing pollution and protecting the environment. The EPA develops and enforces environmental regulations, educates people about pollution and other environmental issues, provides grants for community cleanups and studies environmental problems to determine potential solutions. The EPA also implemented a Pollution Prevention Program to reduce the use of natural resources, limit the use of hazardous materials and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Pollution Prevention Act states that pollution should be prevented at the source whenever possible. George W. Bush signed an executive order requiring the use of environmental management systems to improve sustainable practices. The order also requires federal agencies to purchase products and services that are better for the environment than their less environmentally friendly counterparts.

Barack Obama signed an executive order to require all federal agencies to report their greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, conserve resources and prevent pollution. Additionally, the order requires federal agencies to build sustainable buildings.

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