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Environmental Contaminants Contaminants 101

What is the difference between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Environmental Contaminants Program activities and the EPA's activities?

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  • Maintaining a healthy environment is an immense responsibility. As the world's human population grows and contaminants accumulate in the environment, the responsibility looms even larger. In fact, it often takes both the EPA and the Service to detect the problems and begin to solve them.

  • The responsibilities of these two agencies are often complementary; providing for the protection of both human health and safety and fish and wildlife resources. Because EPA’s mandates are broad, and necessarily focused on immediate human health threats, it is often the Service’s responsibility to concentrate on the protection of fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

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