Ronald Reagan

A man of the Environment

Before Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States, he was the 33rd governor of California and has always been an environmentalist.

Among the many things Ronald Reagan did to better our environment, he signed the Safe Drinking Water Act requiring stronger controls on drinking water contaminates and more protection of source aquifers. In 1967, Reagan signed a law establishing the authorization for the Air Resources Board to set motor vehicle emission standards in order to reduce pollution. He also signed the Superfund Ammendments and the Reauthorization Acts, that increased funding as well as strengthened the program to clean up sites contaminated with hazardous wastes. These things have really contributed to the many acts we perform today to keep our environment clean.

"I'm proud of having been one of the first to recognize that states and federal government have a duty to protect our natural resources from the damaging effects of pollution that can accompany industrial development."

-Ronald Reagan