Administrator Douglas M. Costle, 1977-1981

Douglas M. Costle
Douglas M. Costle

Administrator Costle served as EPA's third administrator from 1977-1981. During that time he was faced with both the Love Canal disaster and the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. One of the greatest landmarks of his administration was the Congressional creation of the Superfund Program.

More information available about Administrator Costle is below.  

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  • Douglas M. Costle Biography
  • Douglas M. Costle: Oral History Interview (EPA publication number 202-K-01-002; January 2001) -- examines the background in the Nixon Administration and the term of Douglas M. Costle as EPA Agency Administrator (1977-1981) during the Carter Administration, including: involvement with President Nixon's Advisory Council on Executive Organization; EPA's implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); energy policy; the growth of risk assessment and regulatory analysis in standard-setting at EPA; and EPA relations with Congress, states, courts, and the public.
  • November 1985 article "EPA History (1970-1985)" - includes information on Costle's tenure
  • Fall 1980 EPA Journal interview"The Next Decade: An Interview With Douglas M. Costle"

Articles by Administrator Costle

  • Women and the Environment  from Nov./Dec. 1978 EPA Journal
  • Views from Former Administrators from November 1985 EPA Journal