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Four Decades of Transformational Environmental Legislation, Reform in the Pacific Southwest

Release Date: 04/15/2010
Contact Information: See below

EPA and local environmental organizations host outdoor festival in
San Francisco to celebrate 40 years of environmental protection, awareness

SAN FRANCISCO – In 1970, the nation celebrated its first Earth Day and created the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Building from the passage of three monumental pieces of legislation - the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts - EPA has made great progress in cleaning up the environment and improving human health over the past forty years.

Since it's inception, EPA has moved full force towards creating a more sustainable future. This years theme, "It's My Environment" is about citizen action and individual ownership to work towards healthier families, cleaner communities and a cleaner planet for all.

In celebration of the anniversary of Earth Day, EPA’s San Francisco office is hosting a community Earth Day Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens on April 22 from 11am to 3pm. The festival will include participation from various local environmental organizations, as well live music, children’s activities and interactive demonstrations. EPA experts will also have exhibits at the festival to discuss continuing efforts to improve human health and the environment.

If you are a member of the media interested in covering the festival or scheduling an interview with an EPA expert, please contact one of the media liaisons listed below.

Northern California: Mary Simms (415) 947-4270,
Central California: Nahal Mogharabi (415) 947-4307,
Southern California: Francisco Arcaute (213) 244-1815,
Arizona/Nevada: Cara Peck (415) 972-3382,
Hawaii/Pacific Islands: Dean Higuchi (808) 541-2711,

Please include your name, media affiliation, contact information and deadline in your request.

If you are a member of the public interested in learning more about any local environmental issues please visit our web site at or contact us at (866) EPA-WEST (372-9378).
For more information about the Earth Day Festival and other Earth Day events visit: