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1979

The U.S. EPA finds the Valley of the Drums, an open-air dump in Kentucky, with drums leaking chemical waste.

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident occurs in Pennsylvania.

1978

President Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal, a former chemical landfill in the City of Niagara Falls, New York.

1977

The Federal Clean Water Act passes.

1976

The Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) passes.

1970

The U.S. EPA is established by President Nixon.

The Federal Clean Air Act passes.

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act passes.

20 million people celebrate the first Earth Day.