Government Agencies

The government can be divided into the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Agencies within the executive branch perform a large part of the day-to-day business on environmental protection. This branch is comprised of many agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other cabinet-level agencies, such as the Department of Interior and the Department of Commerce.

Administrative agencies have the essential attributes of the three branches of our government. They generally have legislative, executive, and judicial powers.1 As organizations, agencies possess many of the same powers and limits as the three government branches do.

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