Police are clearing the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington D.C. .
Metropolitan Police responded to a “shots fired” call on Pennsylvania Ave near the Trump hotel at the Environmental Protetion Agency Headquarters. The EPA headquarters is on lockdown and no gunman has been confirmed.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the call came in at 4:52 PM.
According to a spokesperson for the EPA, the Federal Protective Service and DC Police responded to reported gunshots at EPA HQ. The building is now secure and there are no injuries.
At this time, there is no word on the suspect or their motives.
What is the EPA?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. President Richard Nixon proposed the establishment of EPA and it began operation on December 2, 1970, after Nixon signed an executive order. The order establishing the EPA was ratified by committee hearings in the House and Senate. The agency is led by its Administrator, who is appointed by the President and approved by Congress. The current Administrator is Scott Pruitt. The EPA is not a Cabinet department, but the Administrator is normally given cabinet rank.
The EPA has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., regional offices for each of the agency’s ten regions, and 27 laboratories. The agency conducts environmental assessment, research, and education. It has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state, tribal, and local governments. It delegates some permitting, monitoring, and enforcement responsibility to U.S. states and the federally recognized tribes. EPA enforcement powers include fines, sanctions, and other measures. The agency also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts.
In 2016, the agency had 15,376 full-time employees. More than half of EPA’s employees are engineers, scientists, and environmental protection specialists; other employees include legal, public affairs, financial, and information technologists. In 2017 the Trump administration proposed a 31% cut to the EPA’s budget to $5.7 billion from $8.1 billion and to eliminate a quarter of the agency jobs.
Where Is The EPA Headquarters located?
EPA’s main campus at Federal Triangle consists of a cluster of adjacent buildings includ g: William Jefferson Clinton North, South (formerly Ariel Rios North and South), East and West, and the Ronald Reagan Building. The main campus is located around the Woodrow Wilson Plaza between 12th and 14th Streets and Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues NW. The White House, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol are within walking distance.
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