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Douglas M. Costle

Douglas M. Costle
Douglas M. Costle

1977-1981

Administrator Costle served as the third administrator of the EPA 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.

  • Oral History Interview (EPA publications 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.