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Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.)

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[Environmental Protection Agency flag] image by Randy Young, 12 January 2015

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency is the leader in "environmental science, research, education, and assessment" in the federal government. They establish standards for clear air and water, pollution, and other environmental programs. They also enforce these regulations through sanctions.

The Official Agency Seal was established by Presidential Executive Order 11628, October 18, 1971, which described it as follows:

Their flag is white and bears the seal of the Agency. From, this is the description of the seal:

"A flower with a bloom which is symbolic of all the elements of the environment. The bloom is a sphere, the component parts of which represent the blue sky, green earth, and blue-green water. A white circle within the sphere denotes either the sun or the moon. All are symbolic of a clean environment and are superimposed on a disc with a white background, circled by the title, UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, in blue letters."

"The Indianapolis advertising agency of McQuade, Wilkins, Bloomhorst, Newman and Colbert produced the EPA seal at no charge for the EPA, and Ken Bloomhorst was the illustrator. EPA Order 1015.2A (December 27, 1978), provides directions for use of the seal as the Agency Identifier, and prohibits reproduction and/or use of the symbol for commercial purposes. Questions regarding non-commercial use of the seal may be directed to James R. Ingram of EPA's Office of Communications, 202-564-0436. "

The flag is based upon images I have seen in print and on television.

Sean McKinniss, 24 March 2003

I found more details about the seal (and flag) of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I can confirm that the seal colors were modified on 19 November 2001, and that the original dates from 18 October 1971. confirms there should have been two EPA flags one 1971-2001 and one since 2001.

A full page with more details on 'official' usage and Pantone & RGB colors is

Ben Cahoon, 12 January 2015

EPA flag (1971-2001)

[Environmental Protection Agency flag] image by Randy Young, 30 January 2015