California Environmental Protection Agency

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California Environmental Protection Agency
California EPA Logo.svg
Logo of Cal/EPA
Agency overview
Formed July 17, 1991
Headquarters 1001 I Street Sacramento, California
Employees 4,550 permanent staff
Annual budget $1.8 billion (2011)
Agency executives Matt Rodriquez, Secretary
Cindy Tuck, Undersecretary
Child agencies California Air Resources Board
California Department of Toxic Substances Control
California Department of Pesticide Regulation
California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
California State Water Resources Control Board
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery

The California Environmental Protection Agency, Cal/EPA, is a state cabinet-level agency within the government of California. Cal/EPA is composed of six departments, boards and offices responsible for environmental research, regulating and administering the state's environmental protection programs, and fulfilling hazardous waste cleanup.

The current Secretary for Environmental Protection is Matt Rodriquez, and is a member of Governor Jerry Brown's cabinet.[1]

Cal/EPA should not be confused with the similarly named federal United States Environmental Protection Agency—EPA.


Cal/EPA was created by Governor Pete Wilson by Executive Order W-5-91 in 1991, following on a "Big Green" initiative Wilson proposed during the 1990 state gubernatorial elections, promising a cabinet-level agency to oversee state environmental regulations and research.[2] Following inter-agency reorganizations led by the governor with review by both houses of the California State Legislature, the agency became a cabinet department on July 17, 1991.

Cal/EPA, and its departmental California Air Resources Board, were one of the key supporters of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, making the state the first in the United States to cap all greenhouse gas emissions from major industries.

In June 2008, Cal/EPA announced that new global warming performance labels would be placed on all new cars effective on January 1, 2009. The stickers will provide two scores: a smog score and a global warming score with a grade from 1 to 10, where the higher the grade, the more environmentally friendly the vehicle.

Departments, boards, and offices[edit]

The following departments, boards and offices fall under Cal/EPA:[3]

The Cal/EPA California Integrated Waste Management Board, that focused on recycling and waste reduction, ceased in 2010. It was succeeded by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery—CalRecycle, also under Cal/EPA.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Executive Management". California Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  2. ^ "History". California Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Cal/EPA Boards, Departments, and Offices". California Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  4. ^ California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery—CalRecycle . accessed 2.14.2014

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